Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 6 - 12, 2017

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National New Report Analyzes How and Why "Testing Reform Victories Surge in 2017"
http://fairtest.org/fairtest-report-test-reform-victories-surge-in-2017

Alabama Release of Controversial School Grades Delayed Again
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/alabama_school_report_cards_ge.html

California Definition of "Good School" Needs to Go Way Beyond Test Scores
http://laschoolreport.com/commentary-whats-a-good-school-the-focus-needs-to-shift-to-what-really-matters/

California State PTA Embraces Multiple-Measures School Dashboard
https://edsource.org/2017/new-california-dashboard-will-prompt-deeper-questions-about-student-and-school-performance/591501

Colorado School Rating System Comes Under Fire
http://www.coloradoindependent.com/167785/denvers-schools-rating-system-under-fire

Georgia State's School Grades Reflect Community Poverty
http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2017/12/05/most-georgia-schools-graded-d-or-f-by-the-state-serve-low-income-kids/

Illinois Data Dashboard Uses Multiple Measures to Show Condition of Children
http://statescoop.com/open-data-dashboards-hoist-youth-issues-in-illinois

Indiana New Graduation "Pathways" Program Strongly Opposed by Parents and Educators
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2017/12/06/indianas-new-high-school-graduation-rules-were-widely-opposed-by-parents-and-educators-the-state-board-approved-them-anyway/

Massachusetts We Cannot Test and Punish Our Way to Better Schools
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/cannot-test-punish-way-better-schools/

"Mind Shift" Urged for Public Schools
http://www.telegram.com/news/20171206/mind-shift-urged-for-public-schools

New Hampshire State Is National Leader in Innovative Assessments
http://hechingerreport.org/havent-new-federal-rules-unleashed-innovation-schools/

New Jersey Superintendent Says Standardized Testing Occupies Too Much Classroom Space
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/08/as-a-superintendent-i-am-gravely-concerned-as-a-parent-i-am-outraged/

New York Grad Test Requirement Ended for Students with Disabilities
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/12/11/new-york-eases-graduation-requirements-for-students-with-disabilities/

Ohio Groups Say State's School Report Card Needs to Change
http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/state-report-card-needs-changes-education-groups-say/BcOxZtjGhFEs4AYskBN8PP/

Pennsylvania Governor Moves to Dial Back Testing Requirements
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/pssa-standardized-tests-reduced-later-20171206.html

South Carolina School Board Members Question Math Scores
http://www.jaspersuntimes.com/news/2017-12-06/school-board-members-seek-answers-math-test-scores

Tennessee Interest in Testing Overhaul Legislation
http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Education/2017/12/10/Hill-wants-ACT-to-be-gold-standard-of-standard-testing-in-Tennessee

Tennessee Calls for Investigation Into ACT Testing Company Behavior, Executive Pay
http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/education/2017/12/11/bearden-act-test-error-state-investigation-randy-mcnally/941619001/

International After 17 Years of Test-and-Punish "Reform," U.S. Assessment Results Stagnate
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/12/06/after-17-years-of-reform-international-test-scores-stagnant/

University AdmissionsSuperintendent Blasts College Board "Monster"
https://patchogue.greaterlongisland.com/2017/12/05/54892-the-college-board-monster-and-why-its-time-to-lay-the-dragon/

Worth Reading Early Test Scores Do Not Predict Future Academic Growth
https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/12/06/early-test-scores-do-not-future-predict-academic-growth-school-quality-matters-more.aspx

Worth Reading Multiple Measures: The Stories Test-Data Do Not Show
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2017/12/multiple_measures_the_story_da.html

Worth Reading The Failure of Test-Prep Nation
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-failure-of-test-prep-nation.html