Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 27 - December 3, 2019

On this Giving Tuesday, as every day of the year, FairTest continues to advance the U.S. assessment reform movement by providing activists with resources such as these weekly compilations of news clips and advocacy tools.  Please help make it possible for us to continue supporting your important, grassroots work in 2020 by making a generous, year-end contribution today. Simply click here:

Donate to FairTest

or mail your check to FairTest, 196 Spring Street, Arlington, MA 02476

Many thanks -- we hope you have a great holiday season!

National International Assessment Results Cast Doubts on Test-Driven Education "Reform"
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/03/us/us-students-international-test-scores.html

Arizona School Grading System Author Admits It Does More Harm Than Good
https://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2019/11/27/ex-education-superintendent-john-huppenthal-and-i-have-a-rare-moment-of-agreement-about-state-grades

California Many Flaws in One-Size-Fits-All Standards
https://www.chicoer.com/2019/11/29/letter-many-flaws-found-in-uniform-standards/

Florida Miami Teachers and School Board Cooperate to End "Value-Added" Educator Evaluations
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article237829904.html

Georgia District Happy That It Dropped National Test
https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/fulton-schools-drop-one-widely-used-national-test/k2BlQKddtTIP1VvoWVHEkJ/#

Maryland School Accountability System Sorts Students by Family Income
https://www.salisburypost.com/2019/11/30/editorial-states-system-orders-and-sorts-students-by-family-income/

New York Students Strike to End Test-Based School Segregation
https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/11/26/nyc-students-strike-to-demand-racial-equity-in-nations-largest-and-most-segregated-school-district/

Ohio State's School Report Card Formula Sells Students Short
https://wtov9.com/news/local/news9-special-assignment-passing-grade

Oklahoma Don't Over-React to School Report Card Grades
https://nondoc.com/2019/11/29/avoid-overreaction-oklahoma-school-report-cards/

Tennessee Doubling Down on Failed Reading Exam Policies
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/11/tn-doubling-down-on-bad-reading-policy.html

Vermont Trying to Make Educational Sense From Confusing Test Scores
https://www.rutlandherald.com/opinion/commentary/standardized-tests-and-the-intraocular-trauma-test/article_37338f46-e97a-5eaf-9626-1d2f404f9537.html

Washington State Replaces Exit Exam with Multiple Pathways to Graduation
https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/nov/29/washington-high-schools-do-away-with-federal-testi/

University Admission How the University of California Could Change the Admissions Process Nationally
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2019/11/26/sat-act-test-california-change-testing/4310207002/
 
University Admissions Ban the SAT and ACT
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvgyqm/ban-the-sat-and-act

Worth Reading Testing Fixation Has Undermined Teaching Profession
https://www.tes.com/news/testing-has-made-teaching-misaligned-profession

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
office-  (239) 395-6773    mobile-  (239) 699-0468
web-  http://www.fairtest.orgOn this Giving Tuesday, as every day of the year, FairTest continues to advance the U.S. assessment reform movement by providing activists with resources such as these weekly compilations of news clips and advocacy tools.  Please help make it possible for us to continue supporting your important, grassroots work in 2020 by making a generous, year-end contribution today. Simply click here:

Donate to FairTest

or mail your check to FairTest, 196 Spring Street, Arlington, MA 02476

Many thanks -- we hope you have a great holiday season!

National International Assessment Results Cast Doubts on Test-Driven Education "Reform"
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/03/us/us-students-international-test-scores.html

Arizona School Grading System Author Admits It Does More Harm Than Good
https://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2019/11/27/ex-education-superintendent-john-huppenthal-and-i-have-a-rare-moment-of-agreement-about-state-grades

California Many Flaws in One-Size-Fits-All Standards
https://www.chicoer.com/2019/11/29/letter-many-flaws-found-in-uniform-standards/

Florida Miami Teachers and School Board Cooperate to End "Value-Added" Educator Evaluations
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article237829904.html

Georgia District Happy That It Dropped National Test
https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/fulton-schools-drop-one-widely-used-national-test/k2BlQKddtTIP1VvoWVHEkJ/#

Maryland School Accountability System Sorts Students by Family Income
https://www.salisburypost.com/2019/11/30/editorial-states-system-orders-and-sorts-students-by-family-income/

New York Students Strike to End Test-Based School Segregation
https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/11/26/nyc-students-strike-to-demand-racial-equity-in-nations-largest-and-most-segregated-school-district/

Ohio State's School Report Card Formula Sells Students Short
https://wtov9.com/news/local/news9-special-assignment-passing-grade

Oklahoma Don't Over-React to School Report Card Grades
https://nondoc.com/2019/11/29/avoid-overreaction-oklahoma-school-report-cards/

Tennessee Doubling Down on Failed Reading Exam Policies
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/11/tn-doubling-down-on-bad-reading-policy.html

Vermont Trying to Make Educational Sense From Confusing Test Scores
https://www.rutlandherald.com/opinion/commentary/standardized-tests-and-the-intraocular-trauma-test/article_37338f46-e97a-5eaf-9626-1d2f404f9537.html

Washington State Replaces Exit Exam with Multiple Pathways to Graduation
https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/nov/29/washington-high-schools-do-away-with-federal-testi/

University Admission How the University of California Could Change the Admissions Process Nationally
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2019/11/26/sat-act-test-california-change-testing/4310207002/
 
University Admissions Ban the SAT and ACT
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvgyqm/ban-the-sat-and-act

Worth Reading Testing Fixation Has Undermined Teaching Profession
https://www.tes.com/news/testing-has-made-teaching-misaligned-profession

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
office-  (239) 395-6773    mobile-  (239) 699-0468
web-  http://www.fairtest.org