Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 9 - 15, 2015

The story dominating this week's testing news is the replacement of "No Child Left Behind" with the "Every Student Succeeds Act," whose assessment and accountability provisions are a modest improvement over previous federal test-and-punish mandates.

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National Why the New Federal Education Law Is Good for Children Left Behind
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/10/opinion/why-the-new-education-law-is-g...
National Fact Sheet on Testing/Accountability Provisions In No Child Left Behind Replacement
http://fairtest.org/ESSA-BasisForStrongerReformMovement
National How to Build a Stronger, More Effective Assessment Reform Movement Under ESSA
http://fairtest.org/building-stronger-more-effective-assessment-reform
National Can Assessment Reformers Swing the 2016 Election?
http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/12/can-anti-testing-bloc-swin...

Alaska State Must Fix or Discard New Test, Education Commissioner Says
https://www.adn.com/article/20151211/state-must-fix-or-discard-new-stand...

Arizona School Leaders Welcome Less Federal Control Over Testing
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/education/2015/12/0...

Colorado Spurring Change By Opting Out of Testing
http://www.coloradoan.com/story/opinion/2015/12/10/sullivan-spurring-cha...

Connecticut No Child Left Behind Finally Left Behind
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/No-Child-Left-Behind-finally-left-beh...
Connecticut Will State Now Abandon Plan to Link Teacher Evaluations to Student Test Scores
http://ctmirror.org/2015/12/10/will-ct-abandon-plan-to-link-teacher-rati...

District of Columbia Test Scores Give False Impression of Educational Progress
http://themerrowreport.com/2015/12/08/a-premature-celebration-in-dc/

Florida When Will State Fine Testing Contractor for Last Spring's Computer Assessment Crashes
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/unlike-florida-other-states-have...
Florida What Will New Federal Law Mean for Florida
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/heres-what-the-new-federal-educ...
Florida Legislature Considers More School Testing Reforms
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20151209/WIRE/151209587/-1/news

Georgia Under New Federal Law, State Holds Power to Determine Testing Consequences
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/georgia-now-decides-schoo...

Illinois At Least 44,000 Students Skipped State Tests Last Year
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-parcc-opt-out-met-1210-20151209-st...

Indiana Computer Foul-Up Could Have Misscored Thousands of Tests
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2015/12/13/computer-glitch-...
Indiana Superintendents to Legislators: Don't Punish Teachers, Schools for Bad Exam
http://www.kokomotribune.com/news/superintendents-to-legislators-don-t-p...
Indiana State Legislators Want Change in Testing Policy
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2015/12/14/concerns-swirl-istep-issue...

New Jersey Can Change Testing More Easily Under New Federal Law
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/12/how_could_no_child_left_behind_rewri...

New Mexico Albuquerque Suspends Test-Based Teacher Evaluation
http://nmpoliticalreport.com/22507/aps-halts-teacher-punishments-tied-to...

New York Panel Calls For Moratorium on Test Consequences
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/2015/12/10/changes-...
New York Regents Vote to Suspend Test-Based Teacher Evaluation
http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2015/12/14/breaking-in-big-shift-regents-vote-to...
New York Opt-Out Campaign Must Continue
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/opt-out-campaign-must-con_b_88...

North Dakota What New Federal Education Law Means for Local Schools
http://www.kxnet.com/story/30710335/what-the-every-child-succeeds-act-me...
North Dakota NCLB Mandate Left Lots of Students Behind
http://www.inforum.com/opinion/columnists/3902007-jane-ahlin-no-child-le...

Ohio High Opt-Out Rates Further Cloud Meaning of Test Scores
http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/worthington/news/2015/12/08/...
Ohio No Child Left Behind Overhaul Could Bring Big Changes to Public Schools
http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/analysis-no-child-left-behind-overhaul-...

Pennsylvania Stop Merely Teaching to the Test
http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20151210/editorial-stop-merely-teaching...
Pennsylvania Local Educators Cheer Federal Law Passage
http://www.ydr.com/story/news/education/2015/12/09/local-educators-cheer...
Pennsylvania 23 Philadelphia Educators Disciplined for Test Cheating . . . So Far
http://thenotebook.org/blog/159231/so-far-23-educators-state-have-been-d...

Tennessee Teachers Worried About Test-Based Evaluations
http://www.wilsonpost.com/teachers-worried-about-testing-cms-86970

Virginia Educators Optimistic About No Child Left Behind Replacement
http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/in_your_schools/local-educators-op...

Washington No Child Left Behind Replacement Compromise Is Not Perfect, But That is Democracy
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/sen-murray-knew-no-ch...

Wyoming New Federal Education Law Is Opportunity for State Testing Changes
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/wyoming-lawma...