Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 8 - 14, 2017

Week by week, grassroots assessment reform campaigns grow ever stronger, winning more reductions in standardized exam misuse and overuse by states and cities. Demonstrating the depth of support for the movement,  new governors elected this month in New Jersey and Virginia both advocated an overhaul of high-stakes testing policies.  Remember that past issues of these news updates are archived at: http://fairtest.org/news/other

National What November 7 State Election Results Mean for Education Policy
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2017/11/state_election_roundup.html

Arizona School Grading System is a Turkey with Money Attached
https://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2017/11/08/state-grades-are-all-about-the-as-and-fs

District of Columbia Test-Driven "Reform" Has Been a Total Failure
https://themerrowreport.com/2017/11/11/the-d-c-school-reform-fiasco-a-complete-history/

Florida Board Says Don't Waste Teaching Time on Tests
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/11/07/dont-waste-teaching-time-on-tests-pasco-school-board-says/

Florida School Libraries Become Mere Testing Site
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/school-libraries-now-mere-testing-sites/VFljj6nRtyKjuS7Rw3HolJ/

Illinois State Report Card Not an Accurate Reflection of School Quality
https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/state-report-card-not-accurate-reflection-of-district-supt-says/

Indiana State May End Graduation Test Requirement
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2017/11/07/dreaded-graduation-exams-out-sat-indiana-high-school-students/839944001/

Iowa Student Feedback on School Climate Part of ESSA Plan
https://www.districtadministration.com/article/iowa-include-student-feedback-essa-school-accountability

Massachusetts State Test Has Done Nothing to Improve School Quality
http://baystatebanner.com/news/2017/nov/09/mcas-test-has-done-nothing-improve-school-quality/

Massachusetts Superintendents Push Back Against Testing Overkill
http://www.fox25boston.com/news/mcas-test-backlash-has-local-superintendent-taking-new-approach/644744104

Michigan Writing Exam Requirement Dropped to Reduce Testing Time
http://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/michigan-shortening-school-assessment-tests-reducing-writing

North Carolina Teacher Shares Confusing "Value-Added" Evaluations
http://vamboozled.com/a-north-carolina-teachers-guest-post-on-hisher-evaas-scores/

South Carolina Scores Delayed Due to Technical Issues with Online Test
http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/36809109/state-act-scores-delayed-for-many-due-to-technical-issues-with-online-test

South Carolina Vendor Should Take Responsibility for Testing Failures
http://www.indexjournal.com/news/state-act-should-take-responsibility-for-testing-failures/article_893649c0-05e3-5e2a-803d-4a48806824a9.html

Tennessee State Still Working to Address Test Administration Problems
http://wjhl.com/2017/11/09/state-working-to-resolve-tn-ready-issues/

Texas How Much Does Testing Really Cost?
http://www.teachmeteacherpodcast.com/2017/11/08/36-13-4-billion-dollars-a-year-on-tests/

Utah Professional Responsibilities of Educators Should Include Assessment
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865692386/Op-ed-What-are-the-professional-responsibilities-of-teachers.html

Wisconsin Test Transparency, Opt-Out Process Clarified in Assembly-Passed Bill
http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/2017/11/test-transparency-for-k-12-students-boosted-under-assembly-approved-bill

University Admission Everything You Wanted to Know About Test-Optional Colleges
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/test-optional-schools-what-to-know

University Admission FairTest Database of 997 Test-Optional and Test-Flexible 4-Year Schools
http://fairtest.org/university/optional

Worth Reading Better Tests Don't Lead to Better Teaching
http://hechingerreport.org/better-tests-dont-lead-better-teaching-study-finds/

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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