Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 23 - 29, 2019

Anyone who thinks assessment reform campaigns (and victories) are confined to a few "liberal" states, should check out this week's stories from places such as Mississippi, Oklahoma and Wyoming.  The movement to roll back standardized exam overuse and misuse is truly national, cutting across traditional partisan and ideological lines, and it is accelerating rapidly.

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California Deal to End Los Angeles Teacher Strike Will Cut Standardized Exams in Half
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/us/la-teacher-strike-deal.html

Delaware Stop Shaming Schools Based on Test Scores
https://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2019/01/25/opinion-stop-shaming-delaware-schools-test-scores/2676470002/

Florida Seeking Alternatives to High School Exit Exam
http://www.tampabay.com/education/one-size-doesnt-fit-all-should-florida-widen-the-path-to-high-school-graduation-20190128/

Maryland "Readiness" Testing Gets Purpose of Kindergarten Backwards
https://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/01/md-failing-five-year-olds.html

Massachusetts Test Scores Do Not Define School Quality
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/boston-officials-should-stop-slandering-their-own-schools/

Michigan Superintendent Warns Parents About New Third Grade Reading Test Retention Law
https://www.sentinel-standard.com/news/20190123/ionia-superintendent-warns-parents-about-new-law-that-will-keep-third-graders-with-reading-issues-from-advancing-to-fourth-grade

Mississippi Educators Testify About the Toll of Testing
https://mississippitoday.org/2019/01/22/crying-real-tears-educators-testify-about-the-toll-of-standardized-testing/

New Jersey Debating Next Steps After Court Rejects PARCC Exit Exam
https://mcorfield.blogspot.com/2019/01/update-action-govmurphy-promised-to.html

New Mexico Legislative Panel Approves End to A-to-F Grades for Schools
https://www.abqjournal.com/1274040/panel-approves-ending-af-grades-for-schools.html

New York How Teacher Evaluations Will Be Decoupled From Test Scores
https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2019/01/23/teacher-evaluations-new-york-heres-how-they-decoupled-student-test-scores/2656312002/
New York Latest Teacher Evaluation Rule Still Has High-States Testing Risks
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-the-trouble-with-nys-new-teacher-evaluation-legislation-20190123-story.html

North Carolina State Superintendent's Initiatives Will Trim Testing
https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2019/01/new-testing-policies-0122

Ohio Top School Officials Face Suspension for Scrubbing Low-Scoring Students from Enrollment Rolls
http://www.wtol.com/2019/01/24/tps-superintendent-faces-temporary-license-suspension-related-data-scrubbing/

Oklahoma Bill Would Bar Third Grade Retention Based on Single Test Score
https://www.claremoreprogress.com/news/sen-dossett-says-bill-will-assure-single-federal-reading-test/article_a847751c-1f4c-11e9-94bb-e7dd1c0bb7d1.html

Pennsylvania New Legislative Education Leaders Seek to Reduce Role of State Tests
https://whyy.org/articles/22awstate/

Texas Should the State Eliminate High-Stakes Exams
https://www.keranews.org/post/should-texas-eliminate-high-stakes-staar-test

Wyoming House Committee Votes to Eliminate Student Test Scores From Teacher Evaluations
https://kemmerergazette.com/article/house-committee-votes-to-remove-standardized-test-scores-from-wyoming-teacher-evaluations

University Admissions Grad Record Exam (GRE) Fails to Identify Students Who Will Graduate and Undermines Diversity
http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=69014

International Scotland The Inherent Flaws in Testing Five Year Olds
https://www.tes.com/news/inherent-flaw-testing-5-year-olds

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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