Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 18 - 24, 2018

FairTest is pleased to announce that Andre Green will take over as Executive Director later this summer when Dr. Monty Neill retires. For details about Andre's background and early information about a November event to honor Monty and welcome Andre:
http://www.fairtest.org/andre-green-be-new-fairtest-executive-director-whe

National Questions and Answers About ESSA's Testing Requirement
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2018/07/essa_testing_funding.html

Arkansas Test Scores, Damn Lies, and Statistics
https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2018/07/23/lies-damn-lies-and-statistics-the-school-score-edition

California State Will Not Rely on Test-Driven "Growth Model" to Evaluate Schools
https://calmatters.org/articles/california-schools-test-scores/

Florida State Is Only One Without Approved ESSA Plan
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/07/17/florida-stands-alone-as-sole-state-without-federally-approved-accountability-plan/
Florida Nearly 1,000 Teachers Lose Jobs Due to Test Scores Despite Evaluations as "Effective"
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/at-least-920-florida-teachers-out-of-jobs-after-failing-state-test-despite-effective-evaluations

Idaho  Accuracy of State's "College Readiness" Score Remains a Mystery
https://www.idahoednews.org/kevins-blog/idahos-college-readiness-score-explained-or-not/

Illinois Companies Fight Over State Testing Contract
http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=268783

Indiana The Negative Effects of High-Stakes Testing
https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/opinion/viewpoint/the-negative-effects-of-high-stakes-testing/article_89976d70-15e0-5ad3-a956-5a33f45e664d.html
Indiana District Tries to Address Confusion About New Tests, Graduation Pathways
http://www.kpcnews.com/newssun/article_07a59dc0-8d92-5656-a09e-56acbec432cd.html

Louisiana The Effect of Poverty on State Test Scores
http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-effect-of-poverty-on-state-test.html

Maine State Should Drop SAT for Racial, Economic Bias
https://www.pressherald.com/2018/07/23/letter-to-the-editor-sat-is-economically-and-racially-biased/

New Jersey The Long, Slow Death of PARCC
https://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/07/a_walk_in_the_parcc_sheneman_cartoon.html

New Mexico What Do PARCC Scores Really Mean?
http://www.riograndesun.com/opinion/editorials/schools-continue-to-struggle-with-test-scores/article_bbc5737a-8adf-11e8-99e3-7f0bbba6c577.html

New York Does Elite High School Admissions Test Find Best Students?  No One Knows
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/nyregion/shsat-new-york-city-schools.html

Ohio End-of-Course Tests Are a Sham
https://dianeravitch.net/2018/07/23/chris-cotton-ohios-end-of-course-tests-are-a-sham/

Tennessee Teachers Association Criticizes State Exam System
http://fox17.com/news/local/tennessee-education-association-president-critical-of-current-testing-measures-after-2018
Tennessee Test Administration Failures Further Undermine Meaning of Scores
http://www.williamsonherald.com/features/education/article_4e08c572-8c64-11e8-85b0-c712374644a9.html

Texas State and Its Standardized Exam Vendors Fail the Test
https://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/editorials/article/TEA-earns-non-passing-score-on-STAAR-testing-13098561.php
Texas Administrators Disciplined After Test Cheating Investigation
https://www.ksat.com/news/seguin-isd-principal-resigns-asst-principal-reassigned-after-testing-irregularity-investigation

Utah Testing Has Become Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior in Public Schools
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900025122/letter-testing-has-become-obsessive-compulsive-behavior-in-our-schools.html

Worth Reading The Testing Tragedy
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/top_performers/2018/07/the_testing_tragedy.html
Worth Reading How Common Core Testing Dumbed Down High School English Classes
https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2018/07/19/how-common-core-testing-damaged-high-school-english-classes/#2d1c9b6021be