Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 2 -8, 2018

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National More States Using Accountability Dashboards Instead of Simplistic Test-Based Grades
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2018/05/essa_dashboards_accountability_school_ratings.html

  
Florida School Board Weighs In Against Proposal to Narrow Alternatives to State Exams
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/05/03/duval-county-school-board-weighs-in-against-proposed-testing-changes/

Florida Grieving Parkland Community Asks for More Testing Flexibility
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2018/05/for_parkland_students_a_standardized_testing_dilemma.html

Louisiana Delays in Test Score Reporting Cause Big Headaches
https://www.iberianet.com/news/leap-testing-wraps-up-delayed-results-causes-headaches/article_8bccbe48-50e3-11e8-a8e0-5f698405b574.html

Massachusetts Testing Steals Time From Special Education Students Learning Goals
https://lesstestingmorelearning.tumblr.com/post/173579600174/story-17-parent-mcas-alt-takes-precious-time

Mississippi Do We Really Need All Those Tests
https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/education/2018/05/04/mississippi-looks-whether-k-12-students-testing-too-often/565191002/

Montana Thanks to Teachers Who Go Beyond Standardized Tests
https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/letters_to_editor/thanks-to-teachers-who-went-past-high-stakes-test/article_04f69a24-9906-5da7-a180-91cf390e4907.html

New York Legislators Support Decoupling Teacher Evaluations From Student Test Scores
https://www.wgrz.com/article/news/education/ny-teacher-evaluations-could-be-decoupled-from-test-scores/71-546647285

New York Growing Debate About Value of Exit Exams
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2018/05/03/what-should-it-take-to-graduate-inside-the-growing-divide-over-whether-to-require-new-yorks-vaunted-regents-exams/

North Dakota Online Dashboard Encourages Evaluating Schools By More Than Test Scores
https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/education/4441469-online-dashboard-provides-depth-information-states-schools

Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Should Not Exist
http://www.lockhaven.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/2018/05/keystone-exams-shouldnt-exist/

Puerto Rico Parents and Teachers Launch Historic Test Boycott Campaign
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/05/07/teachers-and-parents-puerto-rico-launch-historic-strike-boycott-against

South Carolina Professor Criticizes Testing Overkill
http://www.wistv.com/story/38113289/sc-schools-begin-standardized-testing

South Carolina Testing Fixation Led Me to Quit Teaching
http://www.thestate.com/opinion/op-ed/article210306169.html

Tennessee A List of Everything That Has Gone Wrong With This Year's Testing . . . So Far
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2018/05/01/heres-a-list-of-everything-thats-gone-wrong-with-tennessees-2018-testing/
 
Tennessee Test Results Won't Impact Grades After More Computer Exam Problems
https://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/2018/05/01/tnready-problems-strike-again-so-results-wont-impact-grades-teachers-schools/569829002/

Tennessee The Testing Culture in Our Schools Must Change
http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Column/2018/05/06/The-testing-culture-in-our-schools-must-change

Texas Students Who Did Not Pass Exit Exam Can Still Receive High School Diploma
https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/education/2018/05/01/never-passed-standardized-test-you-might-now-have-state-gives-second-chance-earn-high-school-diploma/565992002/

Virginia Feds Approve State ESSA Plan That Reduces Impact of Testing, Considers Multiple Indicators
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/u-s-department-of-education-approves-virginia-s-plan-of/article_0d9af23f-f5a7-5e34-ae04-1fca0586cf3c.html

International Do Ireland Primary schools Really Need Mandatory Standardized Testing?
http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/column-do-we-really-need-mandatory-standardised-testing-in-primary-schools-3981793-May2018/

University Trust Students, Not Placement Tests, to Open Pathways to Community College
https://edsource.org/2018/trust-students-not-tests-to-open-pathway-to-community-college-success/596996

Worth Reading Grade Retention, a Costly, Counter-Productive Intervention
http://www.idra.org/resource-center/in-grade-retention-national-trends-and-civil-rights-concerns/

Worth Reading The One Best Idea for Education: Eliminate Standardized Testing
https://themerrowreport.com/2018/05/01/if-you-could-make-one-change/

Worth Watching Early Childhood Educators Speak Out
https://www.deyproject.org/dey-2-minute-documentary-series.html

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