Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 4 - 10, 2016

Add Georgia to the list of states that have had to eliminate consequences attached to test scores because of the failure of computer-administered exams. Earlier this year, Alaska and Tennessee cancelled their tests as did Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota in 2015 -- more than two-thirds of all states have reported computer test SNAFUs: http://fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology.

Meanwhile, the grassroots assessment reform movement continues to push state and local policy-makers to rollback policies that mandate the overuse and misuse of standardized tests.

National Best Ways to Evaluate Student Learning Growth Involve Educator Input
http://educationvotes.nea.org/2016/05/04/best-ways-for-measuring-student...
National Why NAEP Shows No Educational Progress
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-nelson/national-assessment-of-no_b_9...

Multiple States Online Testing Foul-Ups Leave States Flummoxed
http://www.wral.com/new-online-testing-glitches-leaving-states-flummoxed...
Multiple States After Rejecting Common Core Exams, What Next?
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2016/05/09/they-rejected-multi-state-c...

Alabama School Board, Parents Discuss Glitches in Computerized Tests
http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2016/05/we_try_not_to_frustr...

California San Diego Cuts Back Testing Mandates in Response to Assessment Reform Pressure
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/may/04/standardized-testin...
California State Board to Decide New School Performance Metrics
http://edsource.org/2016/state-board-to-choose-school-improvement-metric...

Florida How High-Stakes Testing Dumbs Down Education
http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/05/03/how-high...
Florida State Teacher Bonus System Gets an "F" Grade
http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/2016/05/02/teacher-bonus-system-...
Florida Large School District Backs Away From Relentless Testing
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/testing-will-ease-up-in-hills...

Georgia State Board Nullifies Results After Computer Disruptions of State Exams
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/computer-disruptions-at-s...
Georgia Governor Signs Bill Reducing Standardized Testing Volumes and Consequences
http://www.11alive.com/news/local/ga-students-to-face-less-standardized-...
Georgia Milestones Testing Is Educational Millstone
http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2016-05-07/blackmon-georgia-milestones-t...

Hawaii Why Standardized Testing Should Be Abolished
http://www.civilbeat.com/2016/05/why-standardized-testing-needs-to-be-ab...

Indiana Testing Madness Needs to Stop
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/columns/-Testing-madness-needs-to-...

Kentucky As State Testing Nears, Some Choose to Opt Out
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2016/05/04/kprep-nea...

Massachusetts Parents Protest PARCC Exam
http://wpri.com/2016/05/03/new-bedford-parents-protest-parcc-exam/

Michigan Give Schools Flexibility in Testing
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/letters/2016/05/04/michigan-sch...

New Jersey Lawsuit Settlement Gives Districts Power to Determine Graduation, Not State Tests
http://www.northjersey.com/news/agreement-gives-school-districts-power-t...
New Jersey to Extend Grad Test Moratorium
http://www.northjersey.com/towns/state-senator-representing-montclair-in...
New Jersey We Must Learn to Teach the Whole Child
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/05/03/op-ed-we-must-learn-to-teach...

New Mexico Don't Punish PARCC Opt Outs
http://www.abqjournal.com/769247/parcc-optouts.html
New Mexico Removes Gag Order on Teachers Criticizing Tests
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/state-removes-gag-order-...

New York Parents and Teachers Protest Against Scripted Test-Prep Lessons
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2016/05/4/ken-ton-parents-and-te...
New York Regents Head Says High-Stakes Testing of Special Ed and English Learners Is "Abusive"
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/standardized-testing-abusi...
New York Questar Hires Former Pearson Exec. to Run Assessment Program
http://libn.com/2016/05/06/questar-puts-pearson-exec-in-charge-of-assess...

North Dakota State Will Replace Common Core Standards and Tests
http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/education/north-dakota-to-write-st...

Pennsylvania Schools Need More Money, Not Another State-Imposed Test
http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/pa-schools-need-more-money-not-another-...

Tennessee the State's Real Accountability Problem
https://norinrad10.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/tennessees-accountability-pr...
Tennessee Public Deserves Explanation of State Test Failures
http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/05/08/tennessean...

Texas "Mothers Against Drunk Testing" Calls for Moratorium on all State Standardized Exams. "Enough Is Enough!"
http://tamsatx.org/posts/tamsa-press-release-enough-is-enough
Texas Superintendents Say State Test Is Riddled with Errors and Other Issues
http://www.chron.com/news/education/article/Houston-superintendents-say-...
Texas Why We Are Opting Out of the Test
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Why-we-are-optin...

Utah Governor Calls for End to Common Core Testing
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865653610/Governor-challenger-call-fo...

Wyoming Confusing Emails About "Lost" State Tests Creates Panic Among Districts
http://www.wyomingbusinessreport.com/vague-paws-email-sends-panic-throug...

International Thousands of British Students "Strike" Against Against Testing in "Let Our Kids Be Kids" Campaign
http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/NEWS/14467431.Primary_school_pupils_strike_...
International Overwhelming Percentage of British Children Report Feeling Test Pressure
http://www.bbc.com/news/education-36229995
International Answers to Tests Taken By 600,000 British Students Leaked Before Administration
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/10/answers-to-test-taken-by-600000-...

"Big Data" Failed to Fix Education; It's Time for Small Data
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/05/09/big-data-...

Survey: Classroom Formative Tests More Valuable Than State End-pf-Year Exams
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2016/05/survey_classroom_forma...

Should You Trust a Computer to Score Your Child's Writing Test?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/05/05/should-yo...