Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 31 - February 6, 2018

With stories about assessment reform appearing in fully one-third of all U.S. states over just the past week, it is clear that the movement to eliminate standardized exam misuse and overuse continues to accelerate across the country.

Alabama District Criticizes State's School Report Card
http://whnt.com/2018/02/01/athens-city-schools-system-releases-statement...

California Parents Applaud Multi-Measures School Performance "Dashboard"
https://edsource.org/2018/despite-some-critical-feedback-p%E2%80%8Barent...
California Federal Vision of School "Reform" Clashes with State Goals
https://edsource.org/2018/federal-state-visions-for-improving-schools-co...

District of Columbia Latest Schools' Scandal Results From Decades of Test-Driven Policies
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/02/01/the-shock...
District of Columbia Test "Proficiency" Tracks Poverty in Area Schools
https://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/poverty-vs-proficiency-in...

Georgia Bill Would Allow Districts to Pilot Innovative Assessments
http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2018/01/30/politics-2018-legislation-c...
Georgia Governor Candidate Look to Reign in High-Stakes Testing
http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/news/state/casey-cagle-looking-to-ta...

Indiana Proposal Would Waive Licensing Exam Requirement for Some Teachers
http://wboi.org/post/lawmakers-move-bill-get-more-teachers-schools

Illinois Public Forum: How to Measure What Makes a School Great
http://www.ilraiseyourhand.org/schoolratingsforum

Iowa Schools Don't Need Another Testing Mandate
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2018/01/30/la...

Maryland Time to Join Other States in Shunning PARCC Tests
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0206-testing-tyra...

Mississippi ACT Isn't a Good Replacement for Exit Exam
https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/31/mississippi...

New Jersey Why More Adults Are Failing the Revised GED
http://www.nj.com/education/2018/02/nj_ged_more_adults_are_flunking_here...

New York Overhaul of Teacher Evaluation System Begins
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2018/01/31/new-york-officials-promise...

Oklahoma Pastor Speaks Out Against High-Stakes Tests, Politically Motivated School Grading
http://newsok.com/oklahoma-pastor-standing-in-the-gap-for-our-school-chi...

Oregon Standardized Testing Damaging Public Education
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/36405320-78/standardized-testing-dam...

Pennsylvania ESSA Plan Moves Away From Testing Overkill
http://www.tribdem.com/news/editorials/dolores-mccracken-wolf-shows-lead...

Texas Governor's Pledge to Cut Standardized Exams Remains Unfulfilled
http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/politifac...
Texas Teachers Must Turn Out to Vote to Change Testing Policy
https://www.tribtalk.org/2018/02/01/im-a-teacher-i-plan-to-vote/

Virginia Putting Primary Focus on Test Scores Has Dumbed Down Learning
http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/hiltz-legislation-public-polic...

Washington High School Graduation Test Should be Eliminated
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article198191349...

University Admissions Soon to be Released Film Challenges Value of SAT Exam
https://www.wpi.edu/news/cracking-sat-answer-key
University Admissions School Eliminates Automatic Admission Based on Test Scores
http://utdmercury.com/utd-eliminates-automatic-admission-based-test-scores/

Teacher Testing Test-Based Evaluation Requirements Reduced Number of New Teachers
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/01/30/did-new-evaluations-and-we...

Worth Reading The Student Role in Formative Assessment
http://www.gettingsmart.com/2018/01/the-student-role-in-formative-assess...

Worth Watching Teach to Students, not to the Tests
https://www.facebook.com/networkforpubliced/videos/1709038995824538/