Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 20 - 26, 2019

Each week there's more evidence that parents, educators and students are fed up with testing overkill.  Campaigns to replace standardized exam misuse and overuse with authentic assessments are succeeding in many locations.  Send FairTest news of your victories to share with our more than 2,000 subscribers to these free updates.  Remember that your friends and allies can sign up at: http://www.fairtest.org/weekly-news-signup

California New Science Test to Be Administered Before Curriculum and Text Books in Place
https://www.record-bee.com/2019/02/21/california-students-may-not-be-ready-for-new-science-test/

Indiana Nothing to Be Gained by Labeling Schools with Letter Grade
https://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/educators-unhappy-with-latest-change/article_720ad760-5630-55fa-9f7f-ccaecc05ea69.html

Louisiana Students Retained in Eighth Grade More Likely to Commit Violent Crimes
https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/education/article_b90b431e-36c7-11e9-b2e8-07bef24f17ad.html
Louisiana Test-Based Grade Promotion Program Has Problems
https://www.dailycomet.com/news/20190226/our-opinion-eighth-grade-testing-program-poses-challenges

Maine Single Test Grade No Assurance of Student Success
https://www.sunjournal.com/2019/02/21/single-test-grade-no-assurance-of-student-success/

Mississippi  Under-Teaching and Over-Testing
https://www.meridianstar.com/opinion/columns/guest-view-under-teaching-and-over-testing/article_912677bf-dcc5-53df-8fcb-80e81ca7d799.html

Nevada State Testing Audit Completed
https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/state-releases-audit-exploring-whether-nevada-is-testing-too-much

New Jersey Legislators Pull Bill to Reinstate PARCC Exams in Face of Parental Pressure
https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/19/02/25/assembly-pulls-parcc-bill-in-response-to-worried-calls-from-parents/
New Jersey Schools Need More Reading and Less Testing
https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/19/02/21/op-ed-new-jerseys-schools-need-more-reading-and-less-testing/

New Mexico Plan to Scrap "A to F" School Rating System
https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2019/02/22/education-department-plans-overhaul-of-school-rating-system/
New Mexico School Stresses Practical Skills Over Test Scores
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/opening-career-doors-in-santa-fe/article_2fc127c4-a7ef-56d7-95c4-ea9a3fac9357.html

Tennessee Trial Run of New Computer Test Undermined by Weather and Flu
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2019/02/25/online-trial-run-of-tnready-test-dampened-by-flooding-and-illness-across-tennessee/

Texas Are Students Failing Or Are the Tests Rigged?
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/texas-kids-failing-staar-tests-rigged/

Washington National Teacher of the Year Says Look Beyond Test Scores to Assess Education
https://www.geekwire.com/2019/numbers-geek-national-teacher-year-mandy-manning-grading-u-s-schools/

University Admissions Bucknell University Adopts ACT/SAT-Optional Policy
https://www.bucknell.edu/news-and-media/current-news/2019/february/bucknell-to-begin-test-optional-admission-policy
University Admission Elimination of Placement Tests Helps Many Cal. State Students Succeed
https://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-cal-state-remedial-education-reforms-20190225-story.html
University Admissions Standardized Test Requirement Should Be Eliminated at University of Nebraska
http://www.dailynebraskan.com/opinion/sheehy-standardized-test-requirement-should-be-removed-from-college-admissions/article_adb65926-34a7-11e9-8225-d73f5b7f7ada.html

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