Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 14 -20 , 2018

This week's wave of stories highlights the growing recognition that standardized exam scores are a poor way to measure progress of students, teachers or schools. That's a major reason why the assessment reform movement is rapidly expanding across the country.

Arkansas Even School "Reformers" Doubt Value of Test Scores as Measure of Success
https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2018/03/19/stop-the-press...

California Stay the Course with Multi-Factor School Reviews
https://edsource.org/2018/california-should-stay-the-course-with-its-edu...
California Schools Impacted by Wildfires Get Waiver From This Year's State Tests
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/8130861-181/santa-rosa-city-schools-is

Colorado District Pushing Back Against High Opt-Out Rate
http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-schools/ci_31740701/bvsd-urges...

Hawaii Bill to Limit Standardized Testing Advances in Legislature
http://www.k5thehometeam.com/story/37761170/bill-to-limit-standardized-t...

Idaho Bill Would Replace Statewide Reading Test Mandate with Locally Determined Assessment
https://www.idahoednews.org/news/vanorden-pushes-new-local-reading-asses...

Indiana College Tests Are Poor Choice for Measuring School Progress
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/20180320/limited-range

Iowa Legislative Forum Debates Value of Civics Testing Requirement
https://kiow.com/2018/03/14/legistlative-forum-debates-the-value-of-civi...

Louisiana "Value-Added Measurement" Is Tar Baby Stuck to Education
http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/2018/03/vam-tar-baby-stuck-to-loui...

Massachusetts School Ratings Reflect Community Poverty
https://msaa2017.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/accountability-race-and-class/

Michigan Standardized Testing Promotes Broken System
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2018/03/14/standardized-testin...
Michigan State Will Seek Waiver to Allow Some Schools to Use Testing Alternatives
http://wkar.org/post/whiston-wants-let-schools-experiment-student-testing

Mississippi Legislative Confusion About Exit Exam Status
https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/14/dilemma-mis...

New York Gender Bias in Specialized School Admissions Test
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/girls-boys-accepted-top-n-...
New York Teachers Union Produces Guides to Testing Opt-Out for Parents and Educators
https://www.nysut.org/resources/all-listing/research/fact-sheets/fact-sh...

Ohio Computers Now Grading State Essay Tests
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/03/oh-computers-are-grading-essa...

Oregon Opt Out of School Testing Machine to Get the Schools We Want
https://www.eugeneweekly.com/2018/03/15/democracy-in-education-the-schoo...
Oregon Standardized Testing Is Not Effective
http://theworldlink.com/opinion/letters/standardized-testing-is-ineffect...
 
Texas State Makes Me Teach Test-Taking, not Math
https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/03/15/want-teach-math...
Texas Tests' Excessive Pressure Turns Off Students' Interest in Learning
https://www.mrt.com/news/education/article/State-tests-are-hard-put-exce...

Utah Test-Driven Schools Undermine Creativity
http://dailyutahchronicle.com/2018/03/18/parkin-education-may-be-robbing...

Worth Reading Test-Driven Schools Are Major Cause of Student Boredom
https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/ed/17/01/bored-out-their-minds