Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 9 - 15, 2016

The November 8 tidal wave swamped most other news, but a number of testing-related stories and commentaries still appeared over the past week. Perversely, the ugly election results may create new opportunities for assessment reform victories at the local, state, and even federal levels.  

National Five Things to Watch on ESSA Under Trump
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/11/five_things_to_watch_on_essa_u.html

Alabama Board of Ed Balks at School Grading Law
http://www.decaturdaily.com/opinion/editorials/state-boe-balks-again-at-school-grade-law/article_b93b930c-64e4-5802-9827-88cf65e601b3.html

Florida New Program to "Pinpoint Student Needs" May Add to Testing Overload
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-iready-palm-beach-schools-20161112-story.html

Georgia Voters Reject State Takeover of Low-Scoring Schools
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/opportunity-school-district-appears-headed-to-defe/ns5kj/

Indiana Decision Time for New State Testing Direction
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2016/11/14/decision-time-new-istep-test/93637926/

Iowa State Seeks Public Input on Plans to Implement New Fed. Ed. Law
http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Public-input-wanted-for-Iowas-version-of-The-Every-Student-Succeeds-Act--400633611.html

Massachusetts Legislators Protest Plans to Penalize Schools for High Opt-Out Rates
http://www.amherstbulletin.com/State-senate-president-Stanley-Rosenberg-among-lawmakers-who-protest-state-accountability-downgrade-for-opt-out-PARCC-districts-5770711

Minnesota Should State Do More to Stop Test Cheating
http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/education/4156047-should-minnesota-do-more-stop-standardized-test-cheating-education-dept-has

New York State's Failure to Overhaul Tests Spurs Opt-Out Movement
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/State-No-change-in-reading-math-tests-before-10613512.php

Ohio Too Much Testing Is Top Concern for Ohio Parents and Educators 
Ohio Raising Student Achievement Will Require Additional Investment, Not Just Raising the Bar
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/opinion/editorial-raising-student-achievement-will-require-greater-investment/article_0927513f-3411-51e4-9a84-636bdbb2fcec.html

Pennsylvania End Standardized Testing to Improve Education
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2016/11/standardized_testing.html#incart_river_index
 

West Virginia State Super Admits "Test Scores Don't Tell Whole Story"
http://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2016/11/w-va-superintendent-michael-martirano-test-scores-dont-tell-whole-story/

University Admission ACT/SAT-Optional List Tops 900 Colleges and Universities
http://fairtest.org/testoptional-admissions-list-tops-900-colleges-and

Worth Reading How Standardized Tests Maintain Segregation
http://atlantablackstar.com/2016/11/08/how-standardized-testing-maintains-achievement-gap-perpetuates-black-self-doubt-and-self-hatred/

https://blackmattersus.com/19322-standardized-testing-is-new-form-of-racical-segregation/

Worth Reading The Danger of Data-Driven Instruction
http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/nov16/vol74/num03/Code_Red@_The_Danger_of_Data-Driven_Instruction.aspx

Worth Reading In Search of a Better Accountability System
http://cce.org/thought-leadership/blog/post/in-search-of-a-better-accountability-system