Testing Resistance & Reform News -- December 7 - 13, 2016

With the 2016-2017 school testing season right around the year-end, holiday vacation corner -- some states start administering their annual exams in February -- the pace of assessment reform news is accelerating.  Parents, teachers, administrators and, increasingly, policy-makers now recognize that current school testing policies undermine educational quality and equity. Many are pushing for significant changes through local, state and national campaigns.

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National Time to End Testing Overkill
http://www.p21.org/news-events/p21blog/2102-time-to-end-testing-overkill?platform=hootsuite

National Using ESSA to Advance Educational Opportunity -- Report and Webinar
https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/press-release/equity-essa-new-report-how-states-districts-schools-can-use-new-law

Arizona Complexities Slow Development of New School Grading Plan
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2016/12/07/abcs-why-s-taking-so-long-grade-arizonas-schools/93206116/

California State Can Save Half a Billion Annually By Canceling Exit Exam
http://skrashen.blogspot.com/2016/12/how-california-can-save-550-million-year.html

Colorado Flaws in Test-Based Comparisons
http://www.coloradoan.com/story/opinion/2016/12/09/letter-school-testing-flawed/95102760/

Connecticut School Experiments with Performance Assessment
http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/metro_standardized_testing/

Florida Legislature May Move on Assessment Reform This Year
http://www.bradenton.com/opinion/editorials/article119246508.html

Florida Test-Based Teacher Evaluations Remain Inconsistent
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article119791683.html

Georgia Superintendents Criticize A-to-F School Grading System
http://www.athensreview.com/news/local_news/local-isds-endorse-opposition-letter/article_c700f946-bd93-11e6-95b0-7f4d414a39ad.html

Illinois District Relies on In-House Assessments, Not PARCC
http://www.saukvalley.com/2016/12/09/sterling-district-relies-on-in-house-assessments-accolades-not-parcc/ae7z4tr/

Indiana Educational Testing Should Not Be All About Politics
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/2016/12/13/education_shouldnt_be_all_about_politics/

Louisiana Governor's Advisory Board Seeks Fewer Exams, Less Test-Based Teacher Evaluation
http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/education/article_238395c8-bca1-11e6-b9a9-af4e2ea47a0e.html

Massachusetts State Should be Open to "Radical Changes" as it Rethinks Assessment
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2016/12/13/state-looks-beyond-school-test-scores-need-open-radical-changes/VSUP08V4yxuZXE7cki1gxN/story.html

New Jersey New Data Raise Concern About PARCC Grad Test Requirement Fairness
http://www.nj.com/education/2016/12/are_njs_high_school_graduation_parcc_rules_unfair.html

New York Film, "Tested" Dissects Exam School Admission
http://www.testedfilm.com/about-the-film/

Oklahoma Superintendents Continue Pressing for Overhaul of School Grading System
http://www.sequoyahcountytimes.com/news/article_402ff904-be41-11e6-bf93-e7cac32ccdb8.html

Pennsylvania New School Rating System to Reduce Emphasis on Standardized Exams
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-pa-replace-school-performance-profiles-20161205-story.html

Tennessee How Testing, Accountability Might Change Under New Federal Law
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2016/12/06/heres-a-first-look-at-how-tennessee-schools-could-change-under-new-federal-law/

Texas Test-Based School Grades Are Oversimplified
http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2016-12-09/west-warns-new-school-ratings-oversimplified

Texas State Denies Special Education Services but Expects Kids to Pass Tests
http://keranews.org/post/parents-special-education-kids-give-authorities-earful-richardson-meeting

West Virginia Educators Take Issue with Over-Simplistic School Grading System
http://www.theet.com/news/free/boe-education-association-take-issue-with-school-grading-system-perry/article_d7126947-e090-5b64-9b79-5c82f10a8109.html

College Admissions Test Maker Faces Rocky Path After New Leader Pushes SAT Overhaul
http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/latestnews/2016/12/12/Special-Report-College-Board-faces-rocky-path-after-CEO-pushes-new-vision-SAT

Worth Reading The Folly of "A to F" School Grading Schemes
http://russonreading.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-mis-measure-of-schools-and-school.html

Worth Reading What Do the Tests Measure?
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2016/12/what-do-tests-measure.html