Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 22 - 28, 2020

The test-and-punish customary suspects are circling the wagons in an attempt to pre-empt widespread waivers of standardized exam mandates for the upcoming school year (if and when it begins). Their fallback position is accepting waivers of test-related consequences, but still relying on scores to "track achievement." Real assessment reformers recognize that this approach is designed to avoid debating the many problems of test overuse and misuse while keeping the same-old systems in place.  Education policy makers need to hear the message loud and clear: cancel all 2020-2021 testing requirements NOW to focus on the real needs of students and educators dealing with a pandemic. 

National Trump Administration Likely to Resist Additional Federal Testing Waivers
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2020/07/devos-not-give-testing-waivers-next-year.html

Arizona School Board Members Seek State Test Suspension as Part of School Opening Plan
https://www.eastvalleytribune.com/news/school-board-members-seek-oct-1-reopening-date/article_4e8079ce-caaf-11ea-a31f-3383fef583bd.html

Connecticut State Education Association Seek Academic Testing Limits if Schools Reopen
https://www.courant.com/coronavirus/hc-news-coronavirus-cea-learning-plan-20200721-pueejfvqszgxxnykckosdw7kgi-story.html

Georgia 96% of Survey Respondents Agree with State's Testing Waiver Request
https://allongeorgia.com/georgia-education-k12/georgia-submits-request-for-waiver-of-standardized-testing-requirements-in-2020-21/

Indiana Teachers Seek School Test Reduction or Elimination as a Condition for Reopening Classrooms
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2020/07/22/indiana-education-what-teachers-asking-gov-eric-holcomb/5470620002/

Michigan Political Fight Over Extending School Exam Waiver for Another Year
https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/battle-michigan-schools-over-need-standardized-tests-year

New York City Council Calling for Cancellation of State Tests
https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2020/7/23/21336318/school-hasnt-started-yet-but-nyc-council-members-are-already-calling-to-cancel-state-tests

New York Bill to Overhaul Selective Exam High School Admissions Remains Unresolved
https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/shsat-bill-remians-unresolved-as-legislative-session-ends-this-week/

Tennessee Editorial: State Should Waive Standardized Testing Again This Year
https://www.crossville-chronicle.com/opinion/editorials/our-view/article_22eb994a-d038-11ea-8505-4785c547cbaa.html

Texas Legislators Call for Another Suspension of State Testing
https://www.statesman.com/opinion/20200725/opinion-texas-should-put-staar-on-hold-this-school-year

Texas Bipartisan Support for Lifting State Standardized Exam Burden 
https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/education/state-legislators-from-both-parties-ask-texas-governor-to-delay-staar-tests/501-2785a80a-e40b-4166-aeda-c16fe6735ca2

Texas Governor Waives Some Grade Promotion Test Requirements
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/27/staar-texas-fifth-eighth-grade/

University Admissions Pandemic and Protests May Spell End for ACT/SAT Requirements
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-21/what-virus-protests-for-u-s-college-admissions-quicktake

University Admissions Exam Centers May Be COVID-19 Super-Spreaders
https://www.businessinsider.com/standardized-testing-poses-health-risks-and-causes-students-stress-2020-7

Bob Schaeffer, interim Executive Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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