Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 15 - 21, 2017

Pressure is rising in state after state to reduce standardized exam overkill, end high-stakes and support better assessment measures. The beginning of testing season is a great opportunity to increase attention to the issue. Parents, students, educators, and community leaders should make sure that their elected representatives know of the strong support for real testing reform.

Colorado Governor Supports End to High School PARCC Testing
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/02/13/proposed-bill-that-has-gove...

Florida Lawmakers Push for Cosmetic Testing Changes
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/key-florida-lawmakers-to-unveil-...
Florida Test-Based Teacher "Merit" Pay Does Not Work
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2017/02/fl-merit-pay-stlil-doesnt-wor...

Louisiana Officials Debate About How Much to Trim Testing
http://www.houmatoday.com/news/20170214/state-school-officials-try-to-re...

Maryland Lawmakers, Educators Push for Less Classroom Testing Time
http://somd.com/news/headlines/2017/21691.php
Maryland FairTest State Senate Testimony on Capping Testing Time
http://www.fairtest.org/fairtest-tells-maryland-legislators-cap-test-time

Massachusetts Stakeholders Debate New Measures of Student Success Under ESSA
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/as-new-education-law-rolls-out-how...

Michigan State Seeks Feedback on ESSA Accountability Plan
http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/02/state_unveils_federal_school...

New Jersey Time to Dump Graduation Testing Requirement
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/02/16/parcc-graduation-...
New Jersey State Assembly Moves to End PARCC Exit Exam
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/02/16/fine-print-assembly-moves-to...

New York How Should Opt-Outs Be Counted in New ESSA Accountability Regulations
http://www.nysape.org/nysape-memo-sed-essa-testrefusals.html

North Carolina New State Super Calls for Less Testing
http://wfae.org/post/smarter-and-less-testing-needed-says-nc-supterinten...

Ohio Superintendents Say: Cut State Testing Mandates, Eliminate A to F School Grades
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/02/superintendents_cut_sta...

Utah Time to End State's School Grading System
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/4950704-155/tribune-editorial-time-to-end-...

Washington Overhaul Test-Based Accountability to Address Achievement Gap
http://thesubtimes.com/2017/02/14/op-ed-the-opportunity-gap-in-education/

West Virginia State Warned About Problems in Switching Tests to ACT
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-education/20170214/alabamans-warn-wv-a...
West Virginia Board of Ed Votes to Cut Testing Move Away From Smarter Balance Exams
http://www.wdtv.com/content/news/WVBE-votes-to-reduce-testing-in-schools...

University Admissions ACT and SAT both BAD
http://www.nyacknewsandviews.com/2017/02/zara-kornfeld-college-act-sat-p...
University Admissions College Placement Tests Put Many Students Into Math Maze Instead of Pathways to Success
https://edsource.org/2017/placement-tests-put-many-students-into-math-ma...

Worth Reading Side Effects in Education
http://zhaolearning.com/2017/02/17/what-works-can-hurt-side-effects-in-e...