Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 30 - June 5, 2018

The human impact from high-stakes standardized exams has often been ignored by mainstream media.  Not this week!  Check out the stories highlighting the real harm done to children, their families and educators by testing overkill.

National States Take Small Steps Toward Assessment Reform Under ESSA
http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/state-assessment

Colorado Test-Driven Education "Reform" Becomes Major Election Issue
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2018/05/31/how-education-reform-became-a-wedge-issue-among-colorado-democrats-this-election-year/

Florida Student Says High-Stakes Tests Can Be "A Blow to the Heart"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7jLYaRZ7yA&feature=youtu.be

Kentucky Principal Explains Reasons Why He Was Suspended for Testing Irregularities
http://www.rcnky.com/articles/2018/05/31/newport-principal-suspended-over-test-irregularities

Louisiana Throw Out VAN Test-Based Teacher Evaluations for Same Reasons Texas Court Did
http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/2018/06/court-throws-out-vam-teacher-evaluation.html

Massachusetts Students' Futures Is Shot Because of Testing Hurdles
https://lesstestingmorelearning.tumblr.com/post/174244506069/story-20-aunt-my-nephews-future-was-shot

Michigan State Seeks Federal Waiver to Allow Alternative Assessments in Some Districts
http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/state_wants_to_give_some_schoo.html

Michigan Focus on Test "Proficiency" Understates Academic Performance
https://www.bridgemi.com/guest-commentary/opinion-take-breath-michigan-schools-tests-scores-arent-bad-you-think

New Jersey How to Fix PARCC Grad Test Manufactured Crisis
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/05/31/op-ed-time-to-fix-the-parcc-for-graduation-mess/

New Mexico Parents Should Make Final Decision About Children Taking PARCC Test
https://www.ladailypost.com/content/shin-parcc-parents-have-final-say

New York Parents and Educators Oppose Legislature's Latest Teacher Evaluation Scheme
https://www.nysape.org/nysape-repeal-ed-transformation-act-appr-pr.html

New York Students Have Their Own Ideas About Standardized Tests
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Students-have-their-own-ideas-questions-about-12958101.php

New York Mayor Backs Overhaul of Test-Driven Selective High School Admission Process
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2018/06/02/mayor-bill-de-blasio-new-york-city-will-push-for-admissions-changes-at-elite-and-segregated-specialized-high-schools/

North Carolina 78 Percent of Teachers Say Students Tested Too Much
http://abc11.com/education/78-percent-of-nc-teachers-say-students-are-tested-too-much/3546564/

Pennsylvania The Value of Good Assessments
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/05/testing-with-purpose.html

Pennsylvania State Senate Endorses Plan to Review Effectiveness of Standardized Tests
https://www.thepenn.org/news/state/senate-passes-legislation-by-ryan-aument-targeting-effectiveness-of-standardized/article_38b35e5e-350a-5fe2-91cf-04255fe658ae.html

Texas More Scores Thrown Out Due to Computer Testing Crashes
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/staar/2018/06/01/texas-throws-even-staar-tests-crashing-computers
 
Texas Testing Focus Can Leave Parents Less Informed About Student Progress
https://www.tribtalk.org/2018/05/30/staar-testing-can-make-parents-less-informed-about-a-students-progress/

Utah Standardize Automobiles, Not Students
https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2018/06/02/commentary-we-should-standardize-automobiles-not-students/

Virginia Superintendent Backs Away From Test-Based Teacher Evaluation System
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/06/05/richmond-superintendent-backs-away-from-controversial-teacher-evaluation-system-he-helped-create-in-d-c/

University Admissions Spreading the Word on Test-Optional, Holistic Policies
https://www.wpi.edu/news/spreading-word-test-optional-holistic-admissions

International High-Stakes Exams Produces Irreparable Tragedy for Thousands of Indian Students
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/india-where-a-simple-exam-so-often-produces-irreparable-human-tragedy-1250031-2018-06-04

Worth Reading Time to Change the Conservation About How to Improve Education
https://themerrowreport.com/2018/05/30/change-the-conversation/
 
Worth Reading Summer Cultural Enrichment for Wealthier Families Broadens Achievement Gaps
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/05/30/the-shadow-education-system-how-wealthier-students-benefit-from-art-music-and-theater-over-the-summer-while-poor-kids-miss-out/