Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 1 - 7, 2017

States continue to reduce testing overkill -- particularly by rolling back high school exit exam requirements -- as evidence increasingly demonstrates the many flaws of reliance on standardized tests to make high-stakes educational decisions.

National Take Advantage of ESSA Opportunity to Improve Assessments
https://www.districtadministration.com/article/1217-mn

Florida Replace Test-Based Teacher Bonuses with Real Salary Hikes
http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20171031/editorial-raise-salaries-for...

Georgia School Quality Index Will Focus Less on Test Scores
http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/local/college-and-career-r...

Illinois No Exam Fully Reflects All That Is Taught and Learned
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/editorial/test-scores-don-t-complete-scho...
Illinois Test-Tutoring Company Executives Sentenced for Fraud
https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/father-and-son-sentenced-in-tutoring-se...

Indiana Debate Over Replacement for Graduation Test Requirement
https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/educators-raise-concerns-on-diploma-o...

Maryland State Delays PARCC High School Exit Exam Requirement
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-assessments/maryland-de...

Massachusetts Computer Interface on State Test Proves Obstacle to Students
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2017/11/06/computer-interfac...

Minnesota School Tests Limited in What They Can Measure
http://www.nujournal.com/news/local-news/2017/11/05/school-tests-limited...
Minnesota Many Factors Influence School Quality
http://www.nujournal.com/news/local-news/2017/11/03/experts-many-factors...

Nevada New Retroactive Diploma Rule Gives Former Students Hope
https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/news-columns/on-education/new-state-r...

New Hampshire "Proficiency" Becomes Moving Target as State Testing Changes
http://www.vnews.com/New-Hampshire-s-Smarter-Balanced-test-scores-show-d...

New Jersey School Board Candidates Debate Testing, Academic Excellence
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bloomfield/articles/bloomfield-boe-candida...

New York No Single Best Way to Evaluate School Quality
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/11/02/school-quality...

Tennessee School Board Will Consider Testing Reform Resolutions
http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/education/2017/11/06/knox-school-boar...

Texas Districts Hit By Hurricane Harvey Seek Testing Relief
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/School-districts...

Virginia Schools Serving High-Poverty and Minority Students Offer Fewer Academic Options
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/education/report-virginia-s-high-pove...
Virginia Candidates for Legislature Campaign Against Testing Overkill
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/from-the-classroom-to-the...

International South Korea Implements Test-Free Semesters to Reduce School Exam Pressures
http://hechingerreport.org/opinion-known-intense-testing-pressure-top-pe...

University Law Schools May Get Power to Eliminate Admissions Tests
http://speechwriting-ghostwriting.typepad.com/speechwriting_ghostwritin/...

Worth Reading A Brilliant Way to Teach Young Children
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/10/31/early-chi...