Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 15 - 22, 2018

The message from parents, students, educators and community leaders could not be clearer: the path to educational progress requires reducing testing and eliminating high stakes.  Policy-makers in many jurisdictions are starting to listen and implement real assessment reforms.  Keep the pressure on!

Florida Kindergarten "Readiness" Testing Is Part of War on Youngest Children
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/05/fl-continuing-war-on-littles....
Florida Increase in Exit Exam Alternative Cut Scores Could Reduce Graduation Rate
https://www.news4jax.com/education/higher-test-score-standards-could-lea...

Georgia Parent Offers Advice for Gates and Zuckerberg on How to Really Improve Education
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/05/16/a-parent-...

Louisiana Adding Up the Costs of State-Mandated Testing
https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/louisiana-to-spend-at-least-7...

Maine High School Test Scores Are Not Good Predictors of Undergraduate (and Life) Success
https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/dist-207-sat-scores-good-but-not...

Massachusetts School Receivership Is the Ultimate Test-Score Misuse
https://lesstestingmorelearning.tumblr.com/post/173902051534/story-19-te...
Massachusetts Debunking Claims About Automated Scoring of Essay Tests
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/05/21/mass-ponders-hiring-compute...

Michigan Don't Punish Schools with Poor Readers, Invest in The
https://dianeravitch.net/2018/05/15/nancy-flanagan-dont-punish-schools-o...

Mississippi Licensing Test Cut-Off Score a Barrier to Entry for Aspiring Teachers
https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2018/05/16/certification-tests-...

New Mexico Teachers, School Officials Seek to Block K-3 Testing and Retention Plan
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/teachers-school-official...
http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-ped-k-3-testing-and-retention-plan-illeg...

New York Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Is a Ghastly Mistake That Will Not Die
https://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/perspective/2018/05/17/ny-teacher-ev...

North Carolina School Board Wrestles Over Role of "Irrelevant" Tests
http://www.thepilot.com/news/moore-county-school-district-wrestles-with-...

Tennessee New Testing Company Owns Old One That Fouled Up
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2018/05/15/tnreadys-new-testing-compa...

Texas Thousands of Test Takers Plagued By Computer Exam Glitches Again
https://www.mystatesman.com/news/local-education/thousands-staar-test-ta...
Texas Special Ed. Students Most Impacted by Testing Foul Ups
https://www.texastribune.org/2018/05/16/glitches-texas-staar-standardize...
Texas Why Do Tests Dominate Education
http://www.oaoa.com/editorial/letters_to_editor/article_f81bd896-5a29-11...

Utah More Standardization and Testing Is Not the Cure for Education Problems
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900019114/op-ed-a-crystal-clear-and-...

Wyoming School Board Resists Directive to Test Youngest School Children
https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/state-superintendent-natrona-cou...

University Admissions Why Hampshire College Refuses to Consider ACT/SAT Scores
http://ashokau.org/innovations/mission-driven-admissions-2018-awardee/
University Admissions Tests May Become Optional for Law School Acceptance
http://www.postbulletin.com/news/business/admission-tests-may-become-opt...

Worst Reading Test-Based Rankings for Teacher-Prep Programs Are Bunk
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2018/05/teacher-prep_rankings...