Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 21 - 27, 2018

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National Helping Students Overcome the Negative Impacts of "No Child Left Behind"
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2018/11/21/beyond-the-midterms-helping-students-overcome-the-impact-of-no-child-left-behind/

Arkansas School Grading System Causing Widespread Stress
https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/nov/25/schools-now-ones-stressing-on-grades-20/?news-arkansas

Florida Minorities Flunk Teacher Licensing Test at Much Higher Rates
https://www.wptv.com/news/local-news/investigations/minorities-are-disproportionately-failing-floridas-controversial-teacher-licensing-exam

Illinois What Do Test-Based School Grades Really Mean?
http://www.hfchronicle.com/blog/2018/nov/22/message-after-decades-state-tests-we%E2%80%99re-commendable
Illinois Stop State School Board From Increasing Testing Burden, Hampering Opt Outs
https://preaprez.wordpress.com/2018/11/26/action-alert-tell-isbe-to-respect-families-rights-on-opt-out/

Maine Test Results are "Unhelpful," Better Ways to Measure Learning
https://www.mdislander.com/maine-news/test-results-unhelpful

New Mexico Lame-Duck Governor's Claims for Test-Based "Reforms" Largely False or Misleading
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/the-test-education-under-martinez/article_e72b2c4d-2703-547e-8d41-102d6649d9ae.html

New York Low Test Scores Do Not Reflect Academic Performance
http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2018/11/catania-low-test-scores-dont-reflect-school-performance/

North Carolina School Ratings Don't Show True Picture
http://www.reflector.com/News/2018/11/22/PCS-staff-New-federal-designations-don-t-show-true-picture.html

Ohio Options to Graduation Test Likely to Be Extended
https://www.journal-news.com/news/these-might-the-new-rules-get-high-school-diploma-ohio/7rSDwNiARmZFnBRnGCU0sJ/

Oregon Opt-Outs Undermine School Report Cards
https://www.gazettetimes.com/community/philomathexpress/news/opt-outs-on-testing-frustrates-school-board-member/article_9d54d429-c4a8-51a0-a377-e108952788b7.html

Pennsylvania Decreased Emphasis on Standardized Testing a Positive Step
https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/decreased-emphasis-on-standardized-testing-a-positive-step/article_3accb982-ef7e-11e8-b018-9b2d3c913309.html

University Admissions Test-Optional Policies for International Undergraduate Applicants
https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2018-11-19/what-international-students-should-know-about-test-optional-colleges
University Admissions At Student Group's Urging, UChicago Biological Sciences Division Drops GRE Requirement
https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2018/11/16/grits-urging-biological-sciences-drops-gre-require/

International Korea Testing "Tail" Wags Education "Dog"
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinon/2018/11/162_259077.html

Worth Reading Can Standardized Tests Be Rescued
https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2018/11/20/can-standardized-tests-be-rescued/#ee93fd42c83e

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