Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 21 - 27, 2017

Still lots of assessment reform activity in many states as Independence Day approaches. We particularly encourage you to check out the three longer pieces in "Worth Reading" for the upcoming, four-day holiday weekend

National Will ESSA End Test-Driven Curriculum Narrowing?
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2017/06/Under_ESSA_an_end_to_curriculum_narrowing.html

Alabama State Board Votes Unanimously to Drop ACT Aspire Test After Score Report Error
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/alabama_board_votes_to_end_con.html

California Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments Fall Short
https://www.cabinetreport.com/curriculum-instruction/smarter-balanced-comes-up-short-on-interim-exams

Georgia School Board Votes to Remove District Tests as Major Factor in Grade Promotion Requirements
http://www.mdjonline.com/news/cobb-school-board-eases-milestones-requirements-hires-new-principals/article_2d353890-57bc-11e7-920c-a76f739c7214.html

Illinois What's Really Wrong with Standardized Testing
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-this-is-why-students-take-standardized-tests-20170622-story.html

Indiana Screw Up by Test-Maker Pearson Invalidates Scores at 21 Schools
http://www.wibc.com/news/local-news/istep-goof-invalidates-scores-21-schools

Indiana Testing Only Makes Educational Problems Worse
https://sbloom2.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/commitment-reflected-in-tests/

Kansas And the Tests Go On . . . Time to Opt Out
http://www.gctelegram.com/opinion/columnists/and-the-tests-go-on/article_898da427-b1aa-5ede-bae2-b9298d048f1f.html

Maine Too Many Assessment Tests
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/letters/2017/06/24/too-many-assessment-tests/2154433

Mississippi Ten Who Passed Exit Exam Due to Pearson Test Error Will Keep Diplomas
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/mississippi/articles/2017-06-21/10-graduate-thanks-to-test-errors-but-will-keep-diplomas

Mississippi History of Pearson Testing Foul Ups
http://thewestsidestory.net/mississippi-ends-contract-testing-error-pearson-education/

New Jersey PARCC Is Not Best Way to Assess Students
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/06/23/nj-parcc-test/103133006/

New York Changing Cut Scores on Regents Math Test
http://nypost.com/2017/06/25/students-taking-regents-math-test-only-needed-score-of-32-to-pass/

Ohio High School Grad Testing Requirements Would Be Eased by Senate Bill
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/06/high_school_graduation_requirements_would_be_eased_under_senate_proposal.html

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Law Exempting Vo-Tech Students from Grad Test Requirement
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/06/22/keystone-exams-pennsylvania-standardized-testing-students-career-technical-education/stories/201706210192

Tennessee Inspire Students to Learn, Not Just Take Tests
http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2017/06/23/we-must-inspire-students-learn-not-just-take-tests/425538001/

Washington Legislature Moves to Create Options to Graduation Tests
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/washington-state-lawmakers-announce-compromise-on-high-school-testing-requirements/

International United Kingdom Government Finally Admits Non-Stop Testing is Bad for Kids
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/26/ofsted-non-stop-testing-kids-amanda-spielman-schools-government-league-tables-targets-exams-teachers

Worth Reading Performance Assessments as a Powerful Lever for School Change
http://vue.annenberginstitute.org/issues/46

Worth Reading Inside Our Schools: Teachers on the Failure and Future of Education Reform
http://hepg.org/hep-home/books/inside-our-schools

Worth Reading The Disconnect Between Educational Measures and Life Outcomes
https://jaypgreene.com/2017/06/25/the-disconnect-between-educational-measures-and-life-outcomes/