Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 18 - 24, 2015

The pending Congressional overhaul of "No Child Left Behind" will not in any way undermine the national, grassroots high-stakes testing resistance. Instead, it provides additional incentives for parents, students, teachers, administrators and community leaders leaders to press for even more meaningful assessment reforms at the national, state and local levels. This week's stories of progress come from 22 states as well as the college admissions arena.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

National At Least 500,000 Students Refused State Standardized Tests Last Year
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/at-least-500ooo-students-...
National FairTest Release: New Opt-Out Tally Shows Assessment Reform Movement Growth
http://fairtest.org/more-500000-refused-tests-2015

Federal "No Child Left Behind" Overhaul Legislation Sails Through Congressional Conference Committee
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/11/accountability_and_...
Federal NCLB Heads for the Wrecking Yard
http://national.deseretnews.com/article/6796/no-child-left-behind-heads-...
Federal The Fight Over Educational Testing Returns to States
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/the-fight-over-k-12-educa...
Federal Sign Up for Free December 1st Webinar on Alternative Accountability Systems Featuring FairTest
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8272975446916400898

Alaska Test Provider Promises to Respond to Concerns
http://kdlg.org/post/test-provider-responds-concerns-over-amp

Arkansas Students to Spend Less Time Taking Tests This Year
http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2015/nov/22/northwest-arkansas-students-to...

California Test-Based School Reform Losing Ground
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/nov/20/walters-api-schools...
California Stop Merely Teaching to the Tests
http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20151117/stop-merely-teaching-to-the-test

Colorado No Federal Penalties for High Opt-Out Rate
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/11/20/colorado-schools-spared-sanctions-fro...

Florida Early Childhood Center Director Refuses to Administer New State Preschool Tests
http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2015/11/18/lakeland-preschool-refus...

Georgia Scores From New State Exams Are Nearly Useless
http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2015/11/18/georgia-releases-scores-sev...

Illinois More than 20,000 Opted Out of State Tests
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151123/news/151129659/
Illinois Districts Have No Funds to Administer Some Tests Due to State Budget Standoff
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/il-state-budget/state-troubles-stri...

Indiana Superintendent Condemns State Testing Debacle
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/indiana/2015/11/18/great...
Indiana State Test Inherently Flawed, Over-Emphasized
http://www.jconline.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/11/19/op-ed-istep-fai...
http://www.tribstar.com/opinion/editorials/istep-flunks-the-trust-test-i...

Maryland Testing Review Commission Holds First Meeting
http://patch.com/maryland/columbia/maryland-commission-studies-standardi...

Massachusetts Board Approves Replacing PARCC Test With New Hybrid Exam of Its Own
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/17/456404304/massachusett...
Massachusetts State Assessment Policy Still Fails the Test
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/editorials/ci_29135003/our-opinion-massach...
Massachusetts Is Standardized Testing Worth the Time and Money
http://www.teenink.com/opinion/social_issues_civics/article/839945/Stand...

Michigan New Teacher Evaluation Law Reduces Emphasis on Student Test Scores
http://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/education/2015/11/18/teacher-e...

Mississippi Test Cheating Hearings Continue
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/11/17/clarksdale-cheating-h...

Nevada State Will Receive $990,000 Rebate for Common Core Test Administration Errors
http://www.rgj.com/story/news/education/2015/11/18/nv-receive-990k-rebat...
Nevada Reported Test Results Based on Only 30% of Students Due to Computerized Exam Failure
http://elkodaily.com/news/nevada-s-common-core-results-based-on-particip...

New Jersey Revised Federal Education Law May Have Major Impact on State
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/11/19/new-law-being-hashed-out-by-...

New York Parents and Teachers Say Modest Test Changes Are Not Sufficient
http://wskgnews.org/post/parents-teachers-say-test-changes-arent-enough#...
New York Study Shows Tests Took Up Twice as Much Classroom Time as State Claimed
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2015/11/18/common-core-tests/7...
New York Psychologists Say Testing Overkill is Stressing Kids Out
http://www.wgrz.com/story/news/education/2015/11/20/school-psychologists...

Oklahoma State Ed Super Says Current School Grading System Is Severely Flawed
http://newsok.com/article/5461573

Pennsylvania Both Houses of State Legislature Approve Exit Exam Delay
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/11/graduation_testing_re...
Pennsylvania Five Things to Know About the Financial Cost of Testing
http://thenotebook.org/blog/159185/5-things-know-about-financial-cost-te...
Pennsylvania Research Group Calls for Overhaul of School Quality Rating Index
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/education/88448-research-group-...

Rhode Island Flawed PARCC Test Cost Millions
http://www.golocalprov.com/news/ris-flawed-parcc-test-cost-millions

Texas Most Students Who Petitioned Allowed to Graduation with Exit Exam Waivers
https://www.texastribune.org/2015/11/19/study-texas-students-exempt-stat...

Vermont Away From Testing, Back to Learning
http://www.reformer.com/opinion/ci_29157404/away-from-testing-back-learning

Virginia State Task Force Recommends Assessments Focus More on Classroom Work, Less on One-Shot Tests
https://wamu.org/news/15/11/23/virginia_takes_next_step_toward_standardi...
Virginia Teachers Want Limitations on Publication of Test-Score Based Ratings
http://www.dailypress.com/news/politics/dp-nws-foia-council-1118-2015111...

Wyoming Educators Agree on Need to Cut Back Testing
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/obama-wyoming...

ACT/SAT Elmira College Is 32nd School This Year to Join Test-Optional Admissions Movement
http://www.stargazette.com/story/news/local/2015/11/18/elmira-college-wo...
ACT/SAT Why Test-Optional Admissions Is a Great Fit for The College of Idaho
http://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article46166535.html
ACT/SAT Testing Methods From 1904 Should Not Be Used for Today's Students
https://theconversation.com/why-1904-testing-methods-should-not-be-used-...
ACT/SAT FairTest Database of Institutions That Do Not Require Admissions Exam Scores
http://fairtest.org/university/optional

Nancy Carlsson-Paige on Testing and Play
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/11/23/nancy-carlsson-paige-on-testing-and-p...