Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 13 -19, 2018

What a week!  The University of Chicago drops ACT/SAT admissions testing requirements; Seattle teachers endorse a moratorium on standardized exams; and many state continue to rollback testing overkill.  Momentum for meaningful assessment reform is clearly building.

California Hot Classrooms From Climate Change Could Set Schools Up to Fail
https://earther.com/climate-change-could-set-kids-up-to-fail-1826637932

Illinois Chicago Teachers Negotiate Right to Block Tests That Are Not Mandated by State or Feds
https://www.ctunet.com/blog/putting-a-stop-to-unnecessary-tests

Louisiana State Ends Mandatory Test-Based Retention Policy
http://hechingerreport.org/louisiana-ends-policy-that-held-thousands-of-...

Massachusetts Stubborn Racial Gaps Persist After 25-Years of Test-Driven "Reform"
http://www.wbur.org/edify/2018/06/19/equity-ell-students-mcas-massachusetts

Michigan When Legislators Don't Understand Testing, Bad Policy Results
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/06/mi-when-legislators-dont-unde...

Mississippi End-of-Course Exam Scores Won't Impact Report Card Grades
http://www.wlox.com/story/38429683/state-education-officials-decide-subj...
Mississippi Students Named to Panel to Study State Testing
https://www.mrt.com/news/education/article/Students-named-as-Mississippi...

New York Teachers Press Legislature to De-Couple Evaluations From Student Test Scores
https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/36410/20180614/teache...
New York Mayor's Son Says Selective High School Admissions Test Fosters Racism
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-my-problem-with-shsat-2018061...

North Carolina Are Exams Developmentally Cruel?  Legislature Looks to Reduce Testing
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article213108464.html
North Carolina What's the Point of These Tests Anyway?
http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/columns/janice-carmac-what-s-the-point...

Ohio Test Misuse Is Bigger Problem Than Testing Technology
https://www.dailycall.com/opinion/columns/42065/a-little-critical-thinki...

Pennsylvania State Senate Embraces Alternatives to Graduation Exam
http://start.att.net/news/read/category/politics/article/reading_eagle-t...

Tennessee Officials Try to End Series of Testing Failures
http://www.citizentribune.com/news/local/state-attempts-to-end-series-of...
Tennessee State Seeks New Testing Vendor, No Longer Requires Computer-Based Exams for All
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2018/jun/14/new-tn...

Texas Testing Woes Continue as Districts Scrutinize, Throw Out Scores
https://www.dentonrc.com/education/staar-woes-continue-as-texas-tosses-m...

Utah Stop Wasting Millions on Standardized Testing
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900021804/letter-utah-cannot-afford-...

Virginia Why I-Ready Test Is Dangerous
https://mathexchanges.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/why-iready-is-dangerous/

Washington Teachers Vote to Support Standardized Testing Moratorium
https://iamaneducator.com/2018/06/14/standardized-testing-battle-in-seat...

West Virginia State School Board OKs Standardized Test Reductions
https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/education/wv-state-school-board-oks-s...

University Admissions UChicago Goes ACT/SAT Optional Shaking Up "Elite" School Testing Policies
https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/06/19/university-...

University Admissions More Studies Show High School GPA Beats Test Scores in Predicting College Completion
http://www.aei.org/publication/what-predicts-college-completion-high-sch...

International United Kingdom Cult of Testing Is Taking Over Our Schools
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/15/schools-children-e...

Worth Reading Test-Taking Can Be Especially Tough for Kids with Vision Problems
http://www.westernmassnews.com/story/38426711/test-taking-can-be-tough-f...
Worth Watching Early Childhood Educators Speak Out on Harmful Impacts of Testing Obsession
https://www.deyproject.org/dey-2-minute-documentary-series.html