Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 3 - 9, 2016

With each passing week, momentum builds for campaigns to replace failed test-and-punish policies that continue to undermine public school educational quality and equity. Note the national breadth (and depth) of the movement for genuine assessment reform.

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National Acting Ed. Secretary Says Feds Will Help States Reduce Testing Overkill
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2016/0203/How-can-schools-stop-g...

Multiple States 2015 Opt-Out Total Nears Two-Thirds of a Million Students: More Test Refusals Expected in 2016
http://fairtest.org/more-500000-refused-tests-2015

California New School Rating System Looks Beyond Test Scores
http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/After-the-API-San-Francisco...
California State Sends Mixed Message on Opting Out
http://edsource.org/2016/state-sends-mixed-messages-on-smarter-balanced-...

Connecticut State Considers Unlinking Teacher Evaluation From Test Scores
http://ctmirror.org/2016/02/03/officials-consider-unlinking-student-test...

Delaware New State Science, Social Studies Exams Delayed Due to Over-Testing Concerns
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/delaware/90756-delaware-to-dela...

Florida Testing Overkill Is Major Reason for Low Teacher Morale
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20160202/ARTICLES/160209931
Florida Parent Blasts State Policy on Testing Disabled Students
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160203/ARTICLE/160209873/2416/NEWS

Georgia Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Plan is Unfair
http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2016/02/06/georgias-teacher-evaluation...

Indiana Bill to Rescore, Repeal State Test Moves Through Legislature
http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/proposal-to-repeal-and-rescore-istep-mo...
Indiana School Grades Have No Accountability
http://kpcnews.com/news/latest/newssun/article_3bbba7b6-d190-55f8-8894-4...

Iowa Reduce Test Stress for Students
http://amestrib.com/opinion/letter-reduce-test-stress-students

Kentucky State's Largest School District Stops Mandating Diagnostic Tests
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2016/02/04/jcps-stop...
Kentucky Hundreds Now Eligible for Retroactive GED Diplomas
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2016/02/02/retroacti...

Louisiana New Governor Wants to Move State Away From "Ridiculous Amount of Standardized Testing"
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/02/john_bel_edwards_teachers...

Massachusetts Standardized Exams Got You Down? Consider Opting Out
http://www.gazettenet.com/home/20890395-95/lissa-pierce-bonifaz-standard...

Nebraska State Rethinking Testing Vendor Due to Computer Administration Problems
http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/state-ed-officials-rethinkin...

New Jersey Testing Data Show Huge Opt-Out Impact
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/school-testing-data-dri...

New Mexico Legislature Kills Bill to Hold Back Third Graders Based on Test Scores
http://www.taosnews.com/news/article_e3391cd4-cee6-11e5-bac1-5ba7f923fd6...

New York School Without Walls Low-Test Approach Could Be National Model
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/02/03/school-without...
New York Opt-Out Movement Aims to Influence Policy, Not Just Parents
http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2016/02/05/new-yorks-opt-out-movement-aims-to-in...

North Carolina Follies of the Test-Based School-Grading System
http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-the-follies-of-the-a-f-gradi...

Ohio Data Errors Cloud State Education Report Cards
http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/westerville/news/2016/02/02/...
Ohio GET Cut Score Changes Means 1425 Now Get High School Diplomas
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/02/07/1-ged-test-chan...

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Law Delaying Exit Exam Requirement
http://www.ydr.com/story/news/education/2016/02/03/wolf-signs-keystone-e...

Tennessee State Ditches Online Exam After Massive Computer Administration Failure
http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/tennessee-ditches-online-standardiz...
Tennessee Parents Opting Kids Out of State Tests Despite Pressure
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2016/feb/06/parents-say-k...
Tennessee State Tests Not Valid for Evaluating Educators
http://wilsonpost.com/tea-state-tests-not-valid-for-evaluating-teachers-...

Texas Amid Complaints, State Considers Overhauling Test Content, Consequences
http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/amid-c...

Utah Lawmaker Wants Year-End Tests Thrown Out of Teacher Evaluations
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865647042/Lawmaker-wants-year-end-tes...

ACT/SAT University of Delaware Drops Admissions Test Requirement for In-State Applicants
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2016/02/08/faculty-te...

PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Test on Computer
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-compu...

An Education Speech That Would Seal the Presidential Nomination
http://www.salon.com/2016/02/04/this_is_how_bernie_or_hillary_wins_the_s...

The Big Lie and Education "Reform"
http://www.vnews.com/home/20903280-95/steve-nelson-the-big-lie-and-educa...

Testing Cartoon of the Week
http://www.cartoonistgroup.com/store/add.php?iid=99996