Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 16-22, 2016

As fallout from November 8 continues to settle, activists across the nation are already pressing newly elected legislators to reduce testing volume, eliminate high-stakes standardized exams, and promote better forms of assessment. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all !

National Lessons from NCLB for the Every Student Succeeds Act
http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/lessons-from-NCLB

Alaska Schools Get Testing Waiver After Computer Administration Failure
http://juneauempire.com/local/2016-11-22/alaska-schools-get-testing-waiver

Florida Students Say Testing Foolishness Needs to Stop
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-florida-students-comments-testing-fsa-computers-20161118-story.html

Georgia Some Children in Atlanta Cheating Scandal Finally Get Help
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/how-some-children-in-atlanta-cheating-scandal-fina/ns97N/

Indiana Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose State Exam and Test-Based School Closures
http://www.publicschooloptions.org/press-release-new-poll-indiana-voters-overwhelmingly-oppose-closing-schools-based-on-high-stakes-standardized-testing/

Indiana Superintendents Say Don't Count Test Scores for School Grades
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2016/11/16/indiana-2016-istep-results/93958024/

Illinois School Success is More Than Standardized Exam Scores
http://www.pjstar.com/news/20161120/student-success-factors-informs-area-about-washington-community-high-school

Iowa Principal Reprimanded for "Unauthorized Accommodations" on Tests
http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/education/jesup-principal-reprimanded-for-testing-accommodations/article_0e5e2204-f24c-5461-a9b8-2fa29797a739.html

Missouri Test Cheating Investigtion
http://www.auroraadvertiser.net/news/20161117/report-of-cheating-leads-to-investigation

Nebraska Learning, Not Test Scores, Should Be Educational Goal
http://www.theindependent.com/opinion/another_opinion/learning-should-be-schools-goal-not-proficiency/article_f89edb02-ade5-11e6-9b7d-93ccca559ac9.html

New Jersey PARCC Should Not Be Used for Teacher Evaluation
http://www.trentonian.com/article/TT/20161115/NEWS/161119812

New York Parents Blast Six-Day Testing Period, Promise More Opt Outs
http://www.recordonline.com/news/20161116/parents-blast-6-day-common-core-testing-format

New York State Education Department Does Flip-Flop on Testing Requirements
http://www.mpcourier.com/dco/education-department-does-flip-flop-on-testing-changes-20161121

Ohio Superintendents' State House Rally Protests Grad Testing Mandate
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/11/15/superintendents-rally-for-changes-to-state-grad-tests-board-looking-at-options.html

Oklahoma Strong Skepticism About School Grades
http://www.tulsaworld.com/communities/owasso/schools/ops-tops-region-with-a-f-grades-skepticism-still-strong/article_e0d679ff-6be2-5f80-9e3a-c0378bf576e3.html

West Virginia Superintendent Frustrated with Frequent School Grading Changes
http://www.journal-news.net/news/local-news/2016/11/arvon-frustrated-with-changing-of-standards/

Wisconsin Teachers Say Testing Has Gotten Out of Hand
http://journaltimes.com/news/local/rea-testing-has-gotten-out-of-hand/article_67453b67-17ab-52b3-93e4-251b5fff11a2.html

University Admissions Diversity Soars Under George Washington University's Test-Optional Policy
https://gwtoday.gwu.edu/new-test-optional-policy-helped-shape-more-diverse-freshman-class

Worth Reading Novel Explores Teacher's Life in High-Stakes Testing Era
http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/davis-writer-explores-a-teachers-life-in-era-of-high-stakes-testing/