Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 29 - June 4, 2019

Along with an ever-growing number of stories about successful assessment reform initiatives, we still see many disturbing reports of ongoing damage to students and educators from standardized exam misuse and overuse. Grassroots activists and their allies should feel free to contact FairTest for assistance with building winning local campaigns to replace testing overkill with authentic forms of assessment. 

Alabama Legislature Passes Grade Three Reading Retention Test Plan
https://whnt.com/2019/05/30/lawmakers-give-final-passage-to-reading-bill/

Arizona Slow Movement Toward Assessment Reforms
https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/joannaallhands/2019/05/29/arizona-legislature-made-3-big-changes-schools-2019/1265017001/

Florida High School Graduation Blocked for Thousands by Exit Exam Requirement
https://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2019/05/31/how-many-florida-seniors-are-stalled-by-graduation-exams/

Georgia Nine Educators Fired in Test Cheating Scandal
https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/gwinnett-county/9-educators-including-principal-fired-in-gwinnett-cheating-scandal/953465454

Idaho New School Graduates First Class Without Tests or Grades
https://www.idahoednews.org/features/one-stones-first-graduating-class-makes-its-way-to-college/

Kentucky School Accountability System May Shift Again
https://insiderlouisville.com/education/kentuckys-school-accountability-system-may-shift-again/
Kentucky Four School Staff Suspended for Allegedly Altering Test Scores
https://www.wymt.com/content/news/Superintendent-4-people-suspended-following-Betsy-Layne-cheating-investigation-510517531.html

Michigan Jeb Bush Serves Up Test-Driven Reform Baloney
https://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/05/jeb-bush-frying-reform-baloney-for.html

New Mexico State Looking for PARCC Test Replacement
https://www.abqjournal.com/1323282/state-looking-for-parcc-replacement.html

New York How Test-Prep Culture Eliminated Black and Brown Students From NYC Exam Schools
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/06/03/nyregion/nyc-public-schools-black-hispanic-students.html

Tennessee State Testing Contract Awarded to Pearson, Ignoring Company's Track Record of Problems
https://www.wbir.com/article/news/education/tennessee-selects-pearson-to-take-over-tnready-student-testing/51-bcdda5ae-a036-4480-9dbf-ce5de3975c5f

Texas Families Successfully Opt Children Out of State Tests
https://kfoxtv.com/news/kfox14-investigates/kfox14-investigates-el-paso-families-opting-out-of-staar

Virginia State Eliminates Basic Skills Test for Entry Level Teachers
https://www.progress-index.com/news/20190601/state-eases-test-anxiety-for-teachers

Washington State Was One of the Last to Require Exit Exam
https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/washington-was-one-of-the-last-states-to-require-high-school-exit-exams-now-seniors-can-apply-for-a-waiver-to-graduate-on-time/

University Admissions Graduate Schools Are Opting Out of the GRE
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/05/graduate-schools-are-opting-out-of-the-gre.php
University Admissions SAT Is a Nearly Useless Measure of College Readiness "Merit"
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/05/30/sat-test-adversity-score-turns-students-into-college-statistics-column/1209187001/
University Admissions Why It's Time to Rethink Importance Placed on SAT Scores
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-sat-test-20190529-wn66vggstrgcrf57bxgenpz6ce-story.html

Worth Reading State Report Cards and School Rankings Drive Segregation
https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/06/03/20039/

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