Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 28 - July 3, 2017

Grassroots struggles to free students, educators and schools from the tyranny of standardized testing misuse and overuse continue to make progress as the U.S. prepares to celebrate its national Independence Day.  Have a great July 4th!

National Where States Are Headed for Accountability Under ESSA
http://www.ewa.org/blog-educated-reporter/accountability-and-essa-where-states-are-headed

National How to Expand ESSA Accountability Beyond Test Scores
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59552aa2e4b0f078efd987eb

National ESSA Expands Focus on Social and Emotional Learning
http://neatoday.org/2017/06/30/essa-sel/

Arkansas ESSA Plan Reduces Weight of Standardized Exams
http://kasu.org/post/arkansas-school-scoring-shift-standardized-tests-student-growth

Florida What to Understand About School Grades
http://jaxkidsmatter.blogspot.com/2017/06/what-to-remember-about-school-grades.html

Florida Why My Third Grader Thought She Failed State Standardized Test
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/commentary-third-grader-thought-she-failed-state-standardized-test/SSgk2wHJwUqABBETrXee8K/

Georgia Parents Protest Extended Standardized Testing
http://www.cbs46.com/story/35776360/parents-want-action-after-standardized-testing-for-summer-school-students-runs-late

Indiana Schools Could Be Graded on Culture and Climate Under ESSA Plan
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2017/06/30/indiana-schools-could-get-graded-for-culture-climate/437115001/

Iowa State Looks for New Assessment System
https://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2017/06/iowa-new-assessment-smarter-balanced/

Kentucky Students' Scores Dropped to Zero Because Teacher Saw Test in Advance
http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article159057544.html

Maine "Raising the Bar" for Diplomas Slams the Door on Some Students
http://hechingerreport.org/teacher-voice-raising-bar-high-school-diplomas-slams-doors-weakest-students/

Maryland State Approves New School Grading System with Non-Academic Factors
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/k-12/bs-md-grading-schools-20170627-story.html

Maryland Stressed Out By Testing
http://badassteachers.blogspot.com/2017/06/stressed-out-work-in-regress-by-matt.html

Massachusetts Selective Public Schools That Rely on Entry Exams Fail Diversity Text
http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2017/06/27/viewpoint-elite-public-schools-that-rely-on-entry.html

New Hampshire Schools Begin to Adopt Performance Assessments to Measure Deeper Learning
https://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2017/0627/Test-Drive-New-Hampshire-teachers-build-new-ways-to-measure-deeper-learning

New York Our Damaging Over-Emphasis on Testing
http://www.newsday.com/opinion/commentary/our-damaging-emphasis-on-testing-1.13773484

Pennsylvania Teachers Don't Want (or Need) All This Useless Data
https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/teachers-dont-want-all-this-useless-data/

Virginia Test Retakes Allow More Students, Schools to Get Passing Grades
http://augustafreepress.com/sol-retakes-help-relieve-pressure-off-schools-students/

Virginia New Measures of Student Learning Growth
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/chesterfield/how-do-you-measure-student-growth-chesterfield-s-school-system/article_9ada6a08-ceb9-57b3-ab85-2b7bd1803d02.html

Virginia Hearings on Proposal to Reduce Required Standardized Testing
http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/articles/state-education-board-proposes-reducing-number-of-standardized-tests/article_39748b66-5dbf-11e7-862b-abe2e3591eaf.html

Washington Thousands Left Behind By State Tests Could Get Fast Track Diplomas
http://mynorthwest.com/674880/thousands-left-behind-due-to-state-testing-could-get-a-fast-track-to-their-diploma/

University Admissions Hanover College Joins Growing List of Colleges No Longer Requiring ACT/SAT
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/07/02/indiana-college-joins-growing-list-schools-no-longer-requiring-sat-admission/432729001/

University Admissions FairTest Database of Test-Optional and Test-Flexible Schools
http://fairtest.org/university/optional

International Primary School Testing System Creates Endless Anxiety Merry-Go-Round
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/primary-assessment-system-endless-anxiety-merry-go-round-driven

Worth Reading Ed Reform vs Accountability Lite 6.3
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2017/06/ed-reform-v-63-accountability-lite.html