Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 26 - August 1, 2017

Disputes between states and the U.S. Department of Education over Every Student Succeeds Act testing and score reporting requirements under state are accelerating.  Assessment reformers are seeking inclusion of provisions that fulfill the new law's promised flexibility without federal micromanagement. In jurisdictions still working on compliance plans, there are still opportunities to press for fewer standardized exams and a reduction of high-stakes.  

Florida Senator Questions Inconsistent Use of Scores From Flawed Exam
http://weartv.com/news/local/florida-senator-questions-handling-of-algebra-exam

Florida Reliance on Flawed Test Blocks Teacher Hiring
http://www.nbc-2.com/story/35990352/rigorous-state-test-delays-hiring-teachers-statewide

Indiana Change in Federal Grad Rate Calculation May Alter School Grades
http://fox59.com/2017/07/31/change-in-federal-graduation-rate-could-impact-a-f-grades-of-indiana-schools/

Massachusetts It's Time for a Moratorium on High-Stakes Standardized Tests
http://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/07/its_time_for_a_high-stakes_tes.html

Michigan State Scraps "A to F" School Grades, Moves to Dashboard System
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2017/07/without_legislative_action_michigan_scraps_a-f_grading_system.html

Michigan Forum Debates Having Students Skip Standardized Tests to Protest School Closings
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/07/31/detroit-freedom-schools-standardized-tests/104180446/

New Jersey What Do PARCC Scores Really Mean?
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/07/27/putting-the-latest-parcc-results-in-perspective/

New Jersey State Seeks ESSA Waiver From 8th Grade Math Test Requirement
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2017/07/after_devos_feedback_nj_asks_for_testing_waiver_from_essa.html

New Mexico Educators Want PARCC Scores Removed From Teacher Evaluations, School Grades
http://www.currentargus.com/story/news/education/2017/07/29/education-officials-want-parcc-removed-evaluations-school-grades/521456001/

New York State Geometry Test to be Rescored Due to Flawed Question
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/state-regents-geometry-exam-question-to-be-rescored-1.13822787

North Carolina Standardized Testing Makes Teaching Harder Than It Should Be
http://www.gastongazette.com/news/20170729/column-3-things-that-make-teaching-school-harder-than-it-should-be

Ohio Outcry Over Testing Requirements Forces Changes in State ESSA Plan
https://www.the74million.org/article/ohios-essa-reboot-state-school-leaders-make-big-pivot-after-outcry-over-testing-requirements

Ohio Superintendent Calls for Broader Assessment Reforms
http://www.dailycall.com/opinion/columns/26272/not-a-great-first-step-at-all

Oklahoma Test-Based School Rankings Are Misleading
https://nondoc.com/2017/07/27/school-rankings-shocking-headlines/

Oklahoma Fired Testing Company Tries to Get Back Into the Game
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/oklahoma-s-fired-state-testing-company-trying-to-get-back/article_744f4561-2be4-5929-bb39-43f5fe4b5b6b.html

Rhode Island Schools Chief Claims Emphasis is on Teaching Not Testing
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170728/ri-education-chief-emphasizes-return-to-teaching-not-testing

South Carolina Half of School Districts Ignore State's Computer Testing Law
http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article164431772.html

Texas Criticisms of Test-Based State School Accountability System
http://northdallasgazette.com/2017/07/27/statewide-accountability-measures-modify-district-assessment/
 

West Virginia Proposed Accountability System Would Replace "A to F" School Grades
http://wvmetronews.com/2017/07/31/new-accountability-system-assessments-key-parts-of-west-virginia-education-proposal/

Wyoming Let Teachers, Students Break Away From Test-Driven Curriculum
http://trib.com/opinion/letters/parkin-let-students-and-teacher-do-what-works-for-them/article_81923940-c0e2-549e-9ce3-a97b3f7edae8.html

University Does the SAT Still Matter if Nearly 1,000 Schools Are Test Optional?
http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/college-game-plan/does-sat-still-matter-if-nearly-1-000-colleges-are-n786046

University Dominican College Joins Growing National Trend by Dropping ACT/SAT Admissions Exam Requirement
http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2017/07/27/dominican-college-joins-a-growing-national-trend-becomes-test-optional/

International Standardized Tests Are Killing Creativity in Australian Schools
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/comment-standarsided-tests-are-killing-creativity-in-our-schools/news-story/00630e2eb374b654a5964e790ee2e97c

Worth Reading The Collateral Damage of Testing Pressures
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/07/the-collateral-damage-of-testing-pressure/534717/

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