Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 17-23, 2018

The drumbeat of evidence documenting the damage to educational quality and equity from high-stakes exams is forcing policymakers to reconsider their commitment to testing overuse and misuse. Look for many more assessment reform victories as 2018 state legislative sessions move into high gear.

National NAEP "Proficient" Level Set Too High
https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-says-naeps-proficiency-term-is-misleading/514842/

District of Columbia No Evidence for Test-Driven Education "Miracle"
https://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/progress-or-not-in-dc-public-schools-after-democracy-was-discarded/

District of Columbia Two Years of Science Tests Scores Invalidated by Test-Maker Error
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2018/01/dc_will_invalidate_science-test_scores.html

Florida State Policy Makers Fail a Simple Test
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/Romano-Once-again-state-education-leaders-fail-this-simple-test_164744050

Georgia Two Atlanta School Leaders Disciplined for Testing Violation
http://www.myajc.com/news/local-education/aps-disciplined-school-leaders-over-testing-violation/PnjGrTCC5gHkjThu21kxuK/

Illinois Exam Scores Released Two Years Late
http://www.chicagotribune.com/ct-met-science-scores-20180116-story.html

Illinois Testing Requirements Hurts English Language Learners
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/letters-more-support-needed-for-early-english-learning-students/

Indiana Will State Adopt Confusing, Duplicate A-F School Grading System?
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2018/01/16/will-indiana-go-through-with-a-confusing-plan-that-could-mean-every-school-winds-up-with-two-a-f-grades/

Michigan State Considering Alternative Tests Outside ESSA Pilot
http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/michigan_not_pursuing_federal.html

Mississippi Ever-Changing School Grading System In Flux Again
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2018/jan/19/ever-changing-grade-system-public-schools-flux-aga/

Mississippi Student Data Accessed in Data Vendor Breach
https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/19/mississippi-student-data-accessed-testing-vendor-breach/1050068001/

New York Test Security Breach Allows Access to Students' Data
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/nyregion/breach-at-questar-allows-access-to-52-students-data.html

North Carolina Do Bonuses Award the Right Teachers, and How Do We Know?
http://wunc.org/post/thousands-more-nc-teachers-get-bonuses-others-say-they-ve-been-left-out

Ohio Testing Changes May Come Outside ESSA Plan
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/01/ohios_essa_plan_wins_federal_a.html

Oklahoma Experts Highlight Flaws in Testing Plan
http://newsok.com/experts-highlight-flaws-in-ok-testing-plan/article/5579885

Pennsylvania Feds Approve State ESSA Plan that De-emphasizes Test Scores
https://whyy.org/articles/feds-approve-pa-education-plan-deemphasizes-standardized-testing/

Texas One Size Does Not Fit All in Assessment
http://amarillo.com/editorial/opinion/2018-01-22/editorial-one-size-does-not-fit-all-many-areas

Texas Legislative Candidates Express Bipartisan Disdain for State Testing System
http://www.dentonrc.com/news/news/2018/01/22/state-legislature-candidates-talk-public-schools-sanger-forum

Washington Linking Test to Graduation Saps Soul of Students
https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/linking-test-to-graduation-saps-soul-of-students/

International Assessing United Kingdom Teachers Based on Their Students' Scores Ignores What Makes a Good Teacher
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/measuring-teacher-effectiveness-exam-results-ignores-what-makes-a

University Admissions More Colleges and Universities Backing Off ACT/SAT Requirements
https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/01/17/more-colleges-backing-off-sat-and-act-admissions-rule.aspx

University Admissions New Push to Use Student Projects in Applicant Reviews
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/high_school_and_beyond/2018/01/a_new_push_to_use_student_projects_in_college_admissions.html
 

Worth Reading Computer Testing Compounds Problems for Poor and Rural Districts
https://medium.com/s/new-school/paper-trail-df1d7be90b0f

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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