Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 22 - 28, 2016

A number of states are already moving to take advantage of the flexibility to overhaul assessments included in the new, federal Every Student Succeeds Act. But proposed U.S. Department of Education regulations could inhibit reforms that help improve learning and learning. If you have not weighed in already, now is the time to submit a comment -- it's easy; just click on the first link below

National Act Now to Block Federal Regulations That Could Reimpose Failed Test-and-Punish Policies
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-department-must-drop-pro...
National States Fear U.S. Ed. Dept Still Trying to Enforce No Child Left Behind Law
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/06/ed_dept_states_clas...
National Colorado Math Teacher Tells Congress to Ensure Correct Implementation of ESSA
http://neatoday.org/2016/06/24/colorado-math-teacher-tells-congress-get-...
National States and Districts Seek Input on ESSA Implementation Plans
http://www.educationdive.com/news/signing-essa-into-law-was-only-the-beg...

National Save Our Schools March, Rally & Conference -- Washington, DC July 8 -10
http://saveourschoolsmarch.org/2015/12/17575/

Arizona Merits of Testing, Common Core Up in the Air
http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/jun/28/editorial-merits-testing-core-l...

Arkansas States Prepare for Transition Away From No Child Left Behind
http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2016/jun/26/states-get-tutorial-on-shift-a...

Georgia Atlanta Students Still Recovering From Test Cheating Scandal
https://news.wbhm.org/feature/2016/taking-test-atlanta-school-students-s...

Kentucky Largest County Reduces District-Mandated Testing by 35%
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2016/06/23/jcps-redu...

Massachusetts Re-conceptualize Assessment Rather Than Tinker with Failed Model
https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2016/06/24/letters-editor-globe-mag...

Michigan Is Teacher Licensing Test Too Hard?
http://michiganradio.org/post/once-considered-too-easy-teacher-certifica...

New Hampshire Building Better Performance Assessments
http://www.ewa.org/blog-educated-reporter/building-better-student-assess...

New Jersey Many Students Pursue Portfolio Review Rather Than Grad Test
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/06/23/interactive-map-taking-the-p...

New York What Opt-Out Activists Want for Public Schools
http://www.nysape.org/nysape-pr-albany-refused-to-fix-ed-laws.html
New York Testing Mandates Drive Accomplished Teachers Out of Classrooms
http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/06/why_veteran_teacher_is...

North Carolina Teachers Tell Gubernatorial Candidate: Too Much Testing
https://yourdailyjournal.com/top-stories/38148/teacher-talk-cooper-liste...
North Carolina Misleading Rhetoric About Failing Schools
http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/06/26/The-damaging-and-misleading-rh...

Oregon Opt Outs Double in Some Districts
http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34498401-75/students-opting-out-o...

Pennsylvania Test Opt Outs Double Across State
http://lancasteronline.com/insider/pssa-opt-outs-triple-in-lancaster-cou...

Tennessee Months of Missteps Led to Online Testing Disaster
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2016/06/28/emails-reveal-months-long-a...

Texas How STAAR Tests Screwed Texas (So Far)
https://www.texasobserver.org/standardized-test-staar-screwed-texas/
Texas After Testing Collapse, Student Promotion Left Up to School Districts
http://www.krgv.com/story/32266695/student-promotions-left-up-to-school-...

University Admissions More Schools Vote "No Confidence" in Standardized Tests
http://www.examiner.com/article/more-colleges-vote-no-confidence-standar...
University Admissions Time to Hold the College Board Testing Machine Accountable
http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/06/jack-hostager-the-testing-machine

Worth Reading What Is a High-Quality Assessment Item?
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning_deeply/2016/06/whats_a_high-qual...
Worth Reading Joy is a Basic Component of Successful Reading Improvement Strategies
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-e-slavin/joy-is-a-basic-skill-in-s_...
Worth Reading Do Interim Tests Help?
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2016/06/do-interim-tests-help.html