Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 18 - 24, 2016

The grassroots assessment reform movement continues to score victories as more legislatures and policy-makers agree to roll back standardized exam overkill. To track progress over this spring's testing season, check out our news clip archives at http://fairtest.org/news/other -- you can find out how to get involved at: http://fairtest.org/building-stronger-more-effective-assessment-reform

Multiple States Snapshot of Spring Testing (and Opt-Out) Season
http://www.ewa.org/blog-educated-reporter/opt-out-20-snapshot-spring-tes...

California Exit Exam No Longer a Concern for High Schoolers
http://www.marinscope.com/novato_advance/news/exit-exam-no-longer-a-conc...

Delaware Federal Complaint Threatened Against Test Score "Data Walls"
https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/delaware-public-sch...

Georgia Students Get Rest From High-Stakes Exam Consequences Due to Computer Test Failure
http://savannahnow.com/education-news-news/2016-05-22/savannah-area-stud...

Hawaii Teacher Evaluations No Longer Tied to Test Scores
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/32006688/hawaii-teacher-evaluations-n...

Indiana Replace Flawed State Test With Better Assessments
http://www.jconline.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/05/23/letter-get-iste...

Iowa Preschoolers Facing Too Much Testing
http://wcfcourier.com/news/opinion/guest_column/preschoolers-facing-too-...

Kentucky Commissioner Talks Major Changes Including Fewer Tests
http://www.wlky.com/news/fewer-standardized-tests-education-commissioner...
Kentucky Black-White Achievement Gap Widening Under Common Core
http://hechingerreport.org/five-years-adopting-common-core-kentuckys-bla...

Massachusetts Future of Standardized Testing on State Board Agenda
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/05/22/standardized-testing-on-the...

Mississippi Test Cheating Hearing to Begin for School Principal
http://www.wapt.com/news/mississippi/cheating-hearing-set-to-start-for-c...

New Jersey PARCC Test Should Never Be a Graduation Requirement
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/05/teachers_union_parcc_should_...

New York Leaked Test Questions Rekindle Debate About Common Core Exams
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/25/us/leaked-questions-rekindle-fierce-de...
New York Public School Students Being Used as Testing Company Guinea Pigs
http://nypost.com/2016/05/22/kids-used-as-guinea-pigs-for-testing-compan...
New York Assessment Reformers Call for Common Core Field Test Boycott
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/common-core-field-tests-b_b_10...

North Carolina Educators Press for Less Time Devoted to Testing, Test Prep
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/05/18/wnc-educators-p...
North Carolina Dialogue on Student Testing is Overdue
http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article79381652.html

Oklahoma House Votes to End Culture of Over-Testing
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/capitol_report/house-votes-to-end-culture...

Pennsylvania Value-Added Teacher Rating Systems Fall Short
http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/teacher-rating-systems-fall-short-of...
Pennsylvania State's Student Testing Program is Unfair
http://chescotimes.com/?p=14803

Tennessee Testing Troubles Continue
http://fox17.com/news/local/tennessees-testing-troubles-continue

Texas Parents Sue to Block State From Counting Results From Overly Long Tests
http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/parents-...

Utah Poverty Predicts Test Scores
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3901646-155/editorial-who-needs-sage-just-...

Virginia Data Walls Shame Students Instead of Motivating Them
http://www.union-bulletin.com/opinion/opinion_columns/this-ed-reform-tre...
Virginia Schools Try to Diffuse Test Anxiety Despite Widespread Score Misuse
http://pilotonline.com/news/local/education/public-schools/ready-set-tes...

ACT/SAT More Colleges and Universities Dropping Admissions Testing Requirement
http://nbc24.com/news/local/more-colleges-dropping-the-actsat-requiremen...

Worth Reading One-Size-Fits-All Tests Poorly Serve Any Purpose
http://www.educationviews.org/higher-deeper-rigorous-one-type-fits-all-n...