Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 25 - December 1, 2015

Giving Tuesday for Assessment Reform Thanks to grassroots activists like you there's much to be thankful for. This year has seen real progress in rolling back testing overkill in both the K-12 and university admissions arenas.  Please help ensure that 2016 is even more successful by making your most generous possible contribution on this national day of giving to non-profits like FairTest:
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National No Child Left Behind Rewrite Is "Modest Progress" for Assessment Reformers
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/12/01/why-many-...
National NCLB's Days May Be Numbered
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/12/02/days-could-be-numbered-for-...
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/11/esea_reauthorizatio...

Alaska Test-Makers Responds to Concerns About State Exam
http://www.ktoo.org/2015/11/28/121032/
Alaska More State Control of Education Expected in "No Child Left Behind" Overhaul Passes
https://www.adn.com/article/20151128/alaska-schools-gain-more-control-wh...

California State Leads Drive to End Focus on Tests Scores
http://edsource.org/2015/california-leads-drive-to-reverse-focus-on-stan...

Connecticut Teachers Pressure Governor to Reduce Testing Emphasis in Advance of Likely Federal Law Change
http://ctmirror.org/2015/11/30/u-s-education-bill-may-spell-new-clash-be...

Florida Debate Focuses on Setting Passing Score Cut-Offs
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/local-education/floridas-tests-...
Florida Achievement Is More Than a Test Score
http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20151129/OPINION/151129566

Indiana Superintendents Report Many Problems With State Test Results
http://www.thenewsdispatch.com/opinion/article_87119b3e-92d2-11e5-a1bb-3...

Maryland More Technology Needed to Administer Computerized Tests
http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/1115/schoolboardmoretechnologyneededfo...

Massachusetts Pending Changes to State Tests Cause Uncertainty in Schools
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20151128/SPECIAL/151129584/-1/RSS777

Nevada Common Core Test Administration Problems Result in No Data for Schools
http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/19288807-113/common-core-test-issues-re...

New Hampshire Some Schools Taking New Approach to Assessment, Emphasizing Performance
http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/localstate/19689355-95/how-to-measure...

New Jersey Alternatives to PARCC Test Will Allow Many Seniors to Meet Graduation Requirements
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/11/25/for-hopeful-seniors-parcc-sc...
New Jersey Let Teachers Teach
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/11/27/parcc-testing-jac...

New York Opt-Out Advocates See Bright Future
http://www.theislandnow.com/manhasset/opt-out-advocates-see-bright-futur...
New York Governor, in Shift, Backs Reduced Role of Test Scores in Teacher Reviews
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/26/nyregion/cuomo-in-shift-is-said-to-bac...
New York Parody Song About Test-Based Teacher Evaluation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV3ay46zMoQ

Oregon Schools Prepare for Opt-Out Law Impact on Exam Participation
http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/education/3742182-151/schools-pre...
Oregon Why Teachers Have Concerns About Smarter Balanced Tests
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/11/why_oregon_teachers_...

Pennsylvania High-Stakes Exams Are Being Reconsidered
http://thenotebook.org/december-2015/159206/high-stakes-tests-are-being-...
Pennsylvania Delaying Exit Exam Requirement Is a Good Call
http://www.ydr.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/11/24/good-call-delay-g...
Pennsylvania Lowering Stakes on Tests Reduces the Temptation to Cheat
http://thenotebook.org/december-2015/159197/reducing-temptation-cheat

Tennessee "Momma Bears" Dissect Flaws in New State Test
http://www.mommabears.org/blog/alarming-info-about-tnready-testing-bomb

Texas Public School Accountability Madness
http://www.newswithviews.com/guest_opinion/guest299.htm
Texas Parents Criticize Zero Scores Given to Students Who Refused State Tests
http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local-education/parents-criticize-z...

Wyoming Task Force Recommends Cut Back in K-12 Testing
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/task-force-recommends-less-stand...

ACT/SAT Colleges That Don't Require Test Scores Treat Applicants As More Than A Number
http://www.kansascity.com/living/family/article46543650.html
FairTest's Master Directory of 850+ Test-Optional and Test-Flexible Institutions
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional