Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 7 - 13, 2017

Responding to grassroots pressure from parents, educators, and community leaders more state policymakers are agreeing to reduce the time students are required to spend taking superfluous standardized exams. But there's still a long way to go to achieve meaningful assessment reform in most jurisditions. Keep the pressure on over the summer!

Alabama Feds Reject State Plan to Ditch ACT Aspire Test
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/federal_education_officials_re.html

California Race and Gender Score Gaps Persist
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/06/09/data-exclusive-75-percent-of-black-california-boys-dont-meet-state-reading-standards/

Florida Algebra I Test Keeps Thousands From Graduating
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/algebra-i-test-stops-thousands-of-florida-seniors-from-graduation/2326587

Georgia Upcoming Film "Wrong Answer" Will Focus on Atlanta Test-Cheating Scandal
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ryan-coogler-michael-b-jordan-reuniting-wrong-answer-new-regency-plan-b-1011248

Maine Want to Improve Schools? Listen to Teachers
https://bangordailynews.com/2017/06/06/opinion/contributors/want-to-improve-schools-listen-to-teachers/?ref=mostReadBoxOpinion

Maine Skepticism Over "Proficiency-Based" Diplomas
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/12/skepticism-other-hurdles-complicate-switch-to-proficiency-based-learning/

New Jersey Opt Out Rate Remains High
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bridgewater-slash-raritan/sections/education/articles/hundreds-opted-out-of-parcc-testing-at-bridgewate

New Mexico State Reduces Testing Time
https://www.abqjournal.com/1013852/nm-ped-reducing-parcc-test-time-further.html

New Mexico Amid ESSA Plan Backlash, Controversial State Education Secretary Quits
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2017/06/hanna_skandera_new_mexicos_hard-charging.html

New Mexico Departing Ed Secretary's Policies Deserve an "F"
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/local_columns/departing-education-secretary-gets-an-f/article_ee7b528a-8b41-58d4-b90b-a2be3bc9f562.html

New York Parents, Advocates and Educators, Slam New State Accountability Plan
https://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2017/06/another-squandered-opportunity-parents.html
 
New York State ESSA Plan Still Too Focused on Testing
http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/2017/06/06/new-yorks-essa-plan-leads-back-common-core-testing-view/371892001/

New York State Ed Officials Vote to Reduce Testing Time
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/nyregion/new-york-to-shorten-standardized-tests-in-elementary-and-middle-schools.html

Ohio Kindergarten Testing Policies Constitute Child Abuse
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/06/12/teacher-reports-on-child-abuse-in-kindergarten-in-ohio/

Ohio State Superintendent Wants to Change School Testing Again
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/state-superintendent-change-school-tests-again/fd6nGHvea90s54OgZCqpDK/

Rhode Island 12 Things to Know About the State's New ESSA Plan
http://wpri.com/2017/06/08/12-things-to-know-about-rhode-islands-new-plan-for-improving-schools/

Tennessee County Seeks Rollback in State Testing Mandates
http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/blount-county-working-on-resolution-objecting-to-state-education-mandates/article_0a72c10e-64d8-5303-96bb-1d1785572510.html
 
Tennessee Final Grades Delayed for Thousands of Students Due to Test Scoring Problems
http://wjhl.com/2017/06/06/thousands-of-students-waiting-on-final-grades-due-to-tn-ready-test-results-delay/

Texas Mixed Reviews for Proposed State Accountability System Changes
http://www.wcmessenger.com/2017/news/working-toward-passing-grade-schools-give-mixed-reviews-on-accountability-system/

Texas Governor Signs Law Extending Graduation Testing Options for Two More Years
http://www.statesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/staar-graduation-requirements-loosened-until-2019/47lWzCISRe99UYYbAAXkDO/

Washington Legislative Fight Over Exit Exam Could Delay Diplomas for Thousands
http://www.kxly.com/news/legislative-tie-up-over-biology-exam-could-delay-wa-diplomas/530580827

Washington Schools Chief Seeks Grad Testing Moratorium Compromise
http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/washington-schools-chief-seeks-compromise-on-high-school-testing-requirements/

Washington Educators Say "No" to Exit Exams
https://iamaneducator.com/2017/06/11/graduation-not-incarceration-no-to-exit-exams-in-washington/

International Scottish Teachers Threaten Boycott Over Testing Plan
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15337655.Teachers_threaten_boycott_over_controversial_testing_plan/

University Admission Hanover College Adopts Test-Optional Policy
http://953wiki.com/local-article/hanover-college-adopts-test-optional-admission-policy/
 
University Admission Lost ACT Scores Frustrate Students
http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-essential-education-updates-southern-lost-act-tests-1496783532-htmlstory.html

Worth Reading Teacher Accountability Should Not Depend on Test Scores
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2017/06/teacher_accountability_should_.html