Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 17- 23, 2017

FairTest collaborated with the National Coalition of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) Time on Learning Committee to develop a survey that teacher unions can use with their members to expose the consequences of high-stakes testing. It can easily be adapted for use by parent, student and community groups. 

http://fairtest.org/time-to-learn-survey-impact-of-testing

Florida Teachers Criticize District-Created Course Finals Used for Educator Evaluation
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-county-teachers-raise-concerns-about-fairness-of-district-finals/2324225

Florida Failure Rate Soars on Controversial New Teacher Licensing Exams
http://www.abcactionnews.com/longform/800-increase-on-test-fl-teachers-repeatedly-fail

Georgia Student Test Scores Alone Don't Show Principals' Effectiveness
http://www.myajc.com/news/local-education/dekalb-teachers-test-scores-alone-don-show-principals-effectiveness/RSDTZosqzvoaGv45ZgJ2tI/

Indiana New Law Allows Alternatives to State High School Grad Test
http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_news/indiana-eyes-more-paths-to-high-school-graduation/article_d18f3012-e76f-588b-9361-f909d961e7e5.html

Indiana Lots of Unknowns About New State Test
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2017/05/22/four-things-we-know-and-three-we-dont-istep-replacement/330923001/

Iowa After Spending $14 Million, State Drops Testing Software
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/education/2017/05/23/iowa-department-education-ties-tier-testing-k-12/336491001/

Louisiana Legislative Hearing on Bill to Ban Punishing Students Who Opt Out of Tests
http://www.kplctv.com/story/35467625/calcasieu-student-testifies-he-was-penalized-for-opting-out-of-state-testing

Maine Teachers Say Test Standards for English Language Learners Are Unreasonable
http://bangordailynews.com/2017/05/16/education/teachers-say-maines-standards-for-english-language-learners-are-too-tough/

Missouri Computer Glitch Disrupts Test Administration
http://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/testing-glitch-frustrates-students-administrators/article_068b3d3d-acc4-5c48-933f-9618599ee5dc.html

New York Talking Points for ESSA Plan Hearings on Opt-Outs and Opportunity to Learn
https://www.classsizematters.org/talking-points-on-essa-hearings-on-opt-out-and-opportunity-to-learn/

New York Test-Driven School Ranking System Is Unfair
http://www.ithaca.com/news/candor/results-for-school-ranking-system-flawed/article_16eed990-34e1-11e7-858f-a729ac68f4d0.html

New York Ranking Schools is as Useless as Ranking Mothers
http://www.leaderherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/2017/05/ranking-schools-a-useless-exercise/

North Dakota Educators Size Up ESSA  Plan
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/05/17/local-educators-size-up-what-essa-has.html

Ohio Alternatives to Graduation Testing Requirement Proposed in Legislature
http://wksu.org/post/ohio-senate-introduces-amendment-aid-incoming-seniors-danger-not-graduating-2018#stream/0

Oklahoma Oklahoma Time to End Teach-to-the-Test Malpractice
https://nondoc.com/2017/05/18/okcps-must-choose-new-testing-rules/

South Carolina Parents' Petition Opposes District's Test-Driven Policies
https://www.change.org/p/bullying-harassment-have-no-place-in-our-schools-much-less-in-the-district-office-help-charleston-s-parents-kids-and-educators-be-heard

Tennessee Board Again Waives Requirement to Include Standardized Test Scores in Student Grades
http://www.timesnews.net/Education/2017/05/17/TNReady-end-of-course-exams-won-t-count-toward-Kingsport-students-grades-this-year.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

Texas Debated Heated on Legislative Proposal to Extend Option to Graduate Without Passing Tests
https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/16/house-panel-alternative-graduation-route/

Texas District Looks Beyond Standardized Exams to Measure Student Success
http://www.kvue.com/news/local/williamson-county/georgetown-isd-looking-for-new-way-to-measure-student-success/440601925

Texas Exam Maker Lays Off Dozens of Staff After Huge Test Mismanagement Fine
http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/local/article/Educational-Testing-Service-lays-off-dozens-in-11153549.php

Washington One Test May Block Thousands from High School Graduation
https://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2017/05/17/one-test-may-block-thousands-of-high-school-seniors-in-washington-from-graduating-this-year

Wisconsin Teachers Call for Testing Audit
http://journaltimes.com/news/local/rea-renews-call-for-testing-audit/article_15a8b3cc-f553-5e70-a0d2-ef83a80db116.html

International England Head Teacher Bans "Ridiculous" Standardized Tests
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/education/headteacher-bans-ridiculous-sats-tests-1-8550659

International Interview with Author of New Book, Teach Like Finland
http://www.wral.com/q-a-could-less-school-and-fewer-tests-be-the-key-to-better-scores-/16711074/

University AdmissionsFitchburg State University Drops ACT/SAT Application Requirements
http://www.telegram.com/news/20170515/fitchburg-state-u-applicants-dont-need-to-submit-test-scores

Worth Reading Closing "Low-Performing" Schools is a Failed Strategy
http://nepc.colorado.edu/newsletter/2017/05/closing-low-performing

Worth Reading The Many Way "Value Added Measurement" Fails
http://www.leaderherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/2017/05/ranking-schools-a-useless-exercise/

Worth Reading Computer-Based Exams Are Inadequately Navigable
https://nondoc.com/2017/05/18/okcps-must-choose-new-testing-rules/

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