Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 1 - 7, 2017

From California to Massachusetts and Florida to Minnesota, the assessment reform movement is gaining steam. Many of this week's stories highlight the ways grassroots mobilizing by parents, educators and community activists is pressuring policymakers to reduce testing volume and eliminate high-stakes standardized exams. Check out FairTest's organizing guide for more helpful resources:


http://fairtest.org/get_involved/tools

National The Purported Failure of America's Public Schools -- and How to Really Help Them Improve
http://www.niusileadscape.org/bl/the-purported-failure-of-americas-schools-and-ways-to-make-them-better-by-david-c-berliner/

Multiple States Why Make Students Sign a Test Security Pledge?
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2017/03/making-students-pledge-test-security.html

California Online Accountability Dashboard Designed to Help Parents Evaluate Schools
http://www.govtech.com/education/California-to-Launch-New-Online-School-Evaluation-System.html

Colorado Legislature Moves to Repeal English Language Testing Requirement for English Learners
https://www.denverite.com/lawmakers-take-first-step-ease-testing-burden-young-english-language-learners-30559/

Connecticut The Harsh Reality of Standardized Tests
https://thesouthernnews.org/2017/02/28/the-harsh-reality-of-standardized-tests/

District of Columbia PAC Tries to Promote Test-Base School Evaluation with Deceptive Phone Calls
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/news/loose-lips/article/20853674/an-education-pac-is-phonebanking-dc-residents-to-promote-controversial-policy

Florida Testing Reform Bills Teed Up in Legislature
http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=549444

Florida Parents Opt-Out as Testing Season Begins
http://www.wtxl.com/news/as-florida-standards-testing-starts-some-leon-county-parents-opt/article_916138b8-fe08-11e6-ae64-9f016e8a4b89.html

Florida Bill to Cutback Testing Gains Bipartisan Support
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/bill-to-cut-back-florida-testing-gains-bipartisan-support/2315499

Georgia Bill That May Reduce School Testing Passes State Senate
http://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-education/school-test-legislation-passes-georgia-senate/BBvqBjvhgLGIK7Z2D96LUO/

Georgia Test Opt-Out Bill Passes State House
http://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-education/test-opt-out-bill-passed-georgia-house/FTN3yj7Mr17KI1f0PLJUtN/

Illinois Opt Out of Upcoming Tests to Disrupt "Pay for Success" Scheme
https://wrenchinthegears.com/2017/03/04/what-you-should-know-about-pay-for-success-as-testing-season-approaches/

Illinois Science Test Grading Begins a Year After It Was Administered
http://www.tbfurman.us/2017/03/the-ungraded-test-in-illinois.html

Indiana Poorly Focused ISTEP-Replacement Exam Would Be No Better
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/Testing-testing-18056222

Louisiana How to Opt Out
http://educatelouisiana.org/2017/03/02/to-opt-out-or-not/

Maryland House Unanimously Votes for Bill Limiting Testing
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-less-testing-20170228-story.html

Massachusetts Mom Spearheads Campaign to Change Grad Test Rule for Students with Disabilities
http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/03/berkshire_mom_spearheads_campa.html

Massachusetts School Board Debates Future of High-Stakes Testing
http://homenewshere.com/daily_times_chronicle/news/woburn/article_1aa6a84a-ff64-11e6-a51c-9be14a167c8e.html

Michigan Parent Network Calls for Testing Opt Outs to Protest School Closures
https://michronicleonline.com/2017/03/03/detroit-parent-network-announces-m-step-opt-out-campaign/

Minnesota Unclear Value From Time Spent on Testing
http://www.startribune.com/audit-lots-of-time-spent-on-testing-but-payoff-unclear/415496934/

Nebraska State Seeks Innovation Assessments in New Program
http://www.omaha.com/news/education/nebraska-reviews-bids-from-companies-seeking-to-develop-future-student/article_ed0415df-64de-534e-940a-a2e703d5dd3d.html

New York Opt-Out Movement Remains Strong Across State
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2017/03/02/opt-out-movement-new-york/98608956/

New York Teacher Produces Documentary on Common Core and Testing
http://mountvernon.dailyvoice.com/schools/mount-vernon-native-teacher-produces-documentary-on-common-core-testing/701170/

New York High Cost Test-Prep Rally
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/success-academy-eva-moskowitz-charters-radio-city-pep-rally-article-1.2987626?cid=bitly

Ohio Test Testing Plan Draws Ire at Public Forum
http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2017/03/07/State-of-Ohio-testing-plan-draws-ire-at-forum.html

Ohio Superintendents Fight Against Testing Overkill
http://2presspapers.northcoastnow.com/2017/03/local-superintendents-fight-against-state-testing/

South Carolina Schools Give Tests on 141 of 180 Class Days
http://www.chronicle-independent.com/section/45/article/46809/

South Carolina Too Much Testing Going On
http://www.chronicle-independent.com/section/49/article/46788/

South Carolina Changes May Be on Tap for State Testing
http://www.wistv.com/story/34661622/changes-to-standardized-testing-could-happen-in-sc-schools

Texas Teaching Over Testing Act Will Reduce Number of Standardized Exams and Consequences
https://smcorridornews.com/editorial-teaching-over-testing-act-aims-to-reduce-standardized-testing/

Texas Poll Shows Public Support for Cutting School Testing as Best Way to Improve Education
https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/22/uttt-poll-education-pretty-good-texans-have-some-suggestions/

Utah School Grading Criteria May Change
http://kuer.org/post/way-utah-schools-are-graded-might-be-changing

Virginia Parent Alliance to Examine Standardized Testing
http://www.loudountribune.com/standardized-testing-loudoun-leap/

Wisconsin Still Too Much Testing
https://bayviewcompass.com/hall-monitor-still-too-much-testing/

Wisconsin to Show Documentary: "Standardized Lies . . . How Testing is Ruining Education"
http://journaltimes.com/news/local/rea-to-show-documentary-on-standardized-testing/article_ecf5b11b-618c-5825-a41a-94cbefc23b4e.html

University Admission Study Shows High School Grades Predict College Performance Better Than ACT, SAT or Accuplacer
https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=4546

Worth Reading How Do States Integrate Performance Assessments?
https://edpolicy.stanford.edu/publications/pubs/1480
 
Worth Reading Do Licensure Exams Help Districts Choose Good Principals?
https://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/education/school-principals-licensure-exam-slla-research

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