Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 17 - 23, 2019

There's no "summer vacation" for assessment reformers -- in response to ongoing pressure from grassroots activists, more and more policymakers in many states are backing away from test-and-punish policies that undermine educational quality and equal opportunity. 

California Leverage Data, Not Test Scores, to Improve Teaching and Learning
https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/07/leverage-data-close-achievement-gaps

Florida Politicians Should Listen to Educators About Overhauling Testing
https://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20190702/ryan-haczynski-tallahassee-should-start-listening-to-teachers
Florida Union President Calls School Grades "Destructive"
https://www.staugustine.com/news/20190719/as-state-touts-school-grades-union-president-calls-them-destructive

Georgia Feds Approve State's Alternative Assessment Pilot
https://www.wabe.org/education-department-oks-new-testing-pilots-for-georgia-schools/
Georgia How Neighborhood School Students Fared After Test-Cheating Scandal
https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/rebuilding-students-lives/mihXttbXlZ3nVKOFcHCdIK/

Michigan Researchers Will Evaluate Third Grade Reading Test Retention Law
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/07/21/4-9-million-grant-lets-researcher-study-impact-states-reading-law/1743742001/

New York State Considers Scrapping Test-Based Graduation Requirements
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Rethinking-the-regents-14113455.php
New York Next School Commissioner Must Roll Back High-Stakes Exams
https://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2019/07/commissioner-elia-resigns-lets-hope-for.html

North Carolina Steps Toward Fixing Unfair School Grading System
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/opinion/27407/a-good-step-toward-fixing-grading-system
North Carolina Parents Seek Investigation of New State Reading Contract Award Process
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article232882557.html

Ohio New Graduation Rules Ease Some Testing Requirements
http://www.chroniclet.com/Local-News/2019/07/21/Ohio-39-s-graduation-rules-change-for-class-of-2023.html

Oklahoma Third Grade Reading Test Holds Back Many More Young Children
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/14/741644697/oklahoma-among-states-setting-higher-reading-expectations-for-3rd-graders

Pennsylvania Let Educators, Not Politicians, Decide How to Replace State Tests
https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/let-educators-not-politicians-decide-what-should-replace-keystone-exams/article_06798d34-a8e4-11e9-9904-271841691a30.html
Pennsylvania Student Test Scores May Play a Smaller Role in Teacher Evaluations
https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/07/19/student-test-scores-may-play-a-smaller-role-in-future-pa-teacher-evaluations/

Virginia Fewer High-Stakes Tests Administered Under New State Policy
https://www.fredericksburg.com/news/education/statewide-changes-to-graduation-requirements-could-impact-pass-rates-for/article_c02c278d-acd4-5e2f-a308-3e7306bb6368.html

International Why Finland's Education System Leads Globally
http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/07/finlands-education-system-leads-globally/

University Admissions Extending Test-Optional Policies to International Applicants
https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2019/07/22/colleges-go-test-optional-domestic-applicants-they-take-different
University Admission More Colleges Moving Away From Standardized Test Requirements
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/jul/23/filling-in-the-bubble-local-colleges-step-away-fro/

Worth Reading The Primary Purpose of Schools Is Not Boosting Test Scores
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnmerrow/2019/07/18/the-purpose-of-school-to-help-grow-american-citizens/#49a68d6a5ba6

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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