Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 13 - 19, 2019

Assessment reform stories from more than a third of all 50 states in just the past week demonstrate the breadth and depth of the movement to replace standardized exam overkill with better forms of assessment.  FairTest staff stands ready to assist local activists with their campaigns -- just contact us via email or phone.   

National How "No Child Left Behind" Is Still Destroying Reading for Young Children
https://nancyebailey.com/2019/02/12/how-nclb-is-still-destroying-reading-for-children-%ef%bb%bf/

Arkansas Control of Little Rock Public Schools Hangs on a Single Standardized Exam
https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2019/02/16/accountability-the-future-of-the-little-rock-school-district-hangs-on-a-test-at-charter-schools-on-the-other-hand
 

Colorado Denver Teachers Strike Won End to Test-Based "Performance Pay"
https://theconversation.com/striking-teachers-in-denver-shut-down-performance-bonuses-heres-how-that-will-impact-denver-schools-111818

Florida Governor Plans to Eliminate Common Core, But Will Testing Overkill Subside?
https://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20190216/lane-desantis-roots-out-common-core-but-whats-next

Florida Early Childhood Educators Resist Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
https://www.deyproject.org/denishas-blog/i-am-ready-how-florida-early-childhood-educators-resist-the-misuse-of-kindergarten-readiness-assessment

 
Georgia Teacher Blames Education Policy Makers for Atlanta Cheating Scandal
https://www.wrvo.org/post/former-teacher-blames-education-policymakers-atlanta-cheating-scandal

Illinois PARCC Ended and Testing Time Cut by One Third
http://www.wsiltv.com/story/39961101/new-assessment-testing-for-students-grades-3-8

Illinois State Set Unrealistic Goals Under ESSA
http://understandingessa.org/essa-implementation-illinois-and-student-outcome-requirements/

Indiana Parents, Educators Debate Civics Testing Bill
https://www.newsandtribune.com/news/southern-indiana-parents-educators-debate-civics-test-requirement-bill/article_5321350e-30a0-11e9-8e97-47645c3c3489.html

Massachusetts Take a Lesson From Los Angeles: Less Standardized Testing
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/lesson-from-la-less-standardized-testing/

New Jersey State Reaches Interim Deal to Replace Graduation Test Court Threw Out
https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2019/02/15/nj-reaches-deal-over-graduation-parcc-testing-education-law-center/2879823002/

New Mexico State Seeks Input on Replacement for Test-Driven School Grades
https://www.abqjournal.com/1280980/ped-plans-big-changes-to-prior-reforms.html

New York Use of Graduation Pathways with Fewer Test Hurdles Slowly Growing
https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/02/16/adoption-of-new-graduation-pathways-remains-slow-in-capital-region

Ohio Ongoing Struggle to Eliminate Harmful Obama-Duncan Testing "Reforms" from State Law
https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/18874/

Oregon Too Young to Test Campaign Advances
https://dianeravitch.net/2019/02/18/oregon-fight-builds-for-too-young-to-test-bill/

South Carolina Hundreds of Parents, Teachers, Students Flood State House to Press for Testing Reform
https://www.postandcourier.com/politics/teachers-parents-vent-to-sc-lawmakers-about-problems-with-education/article_3d790c04-2ef7-11e9-9f34-af521f16fcd3.html

Texas Don't Tie Teacher Pay to Student Test Scores
https://www.theeagle.com/opinion/columnists/don-t-tie-teacher-merit-pay-to-test-scores/article_7d48a72e-2f40-11e9-b02a-2bb50ddcce74.html

Utah Legislature Tries to Reduce High Exam Opt-Out Rates
https://kutv.com/news/local/90-million-in-federal-money-for-utah-schools-at-risk-from-standardized-test-opt-out-rates

Utah Bill Would Eliminate School Grades
https://www.parkrecord.com/news/education/proposed-bill-in-utah-legislature-would-eliminate-school-grades/

Vermont Why Most Education Reforms Do Not Work Very Well
https://vtdigger.org/2019/02/14/william-mathis-educational-reforms-not-work-well/

West Virginia Students and Teachers Are More Than Test Scores
https://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion/daily_mail_opinion/commentary/sonya-ashby-students-and-teachers-are-more-than-test-scores/article_2713970c-e6f9-5d3f-b58c-f1aea7930da3.html

International Testing Systems: Finland vs the U.S.
https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/standardized-tests-finlands-education-system-vs-the-u-s
 
International Scotland The Flaws of National Testing
https://www.tes.com/news/national-testing-we-warned-it-wouldnt-work

University Admissions Ferris State in Michigan is Latest Addition to Test-Optional List
https://www.ferris.edu/admissions/test-optional/homepage.htm

University Admissions More Schools Will Become Test-Optional
https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/horizon

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