Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 11 - 17, 2017

Parents, educators, students and education activists continue to escalate the fight to replace standardized exam misuse and overuse with better forms of assessment.  Meanwhile, the testing industry provides even more fodder for reform campaigns with more scoring screw-ups and fights over contract awards.

Arizona State's Letter Grades Punish Schools for Teaching Poor Kids
http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2017/10/10/arizona-letter-grades-punish-schools-teaching-poor-students/749343001/

California High School Exit Exam Requirement Permanently Repealed
https://edsource.org/2017/california-joins-trend-among-states-to-abandon-high-school-exit-exam/588640

Colorado State School Rating System Takes Two Paths on Opt Outs
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/10/11/colorado-bows-to-federal-pressure-adopts-second-school-quality-system-that-penalizes-schools-for-testing-opt-out/

Florida Is There Any Good in Incessant Testing?
http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20171017/sarah-mcintosh-is-there-any-good-in-incessant-testing

Indiana Policy-Makers Look to De-Emphasize Graduation Test
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2017/10/11/new-paths-high-school-graduation-could-mean-less-retesting-struggling-students/751222001/

Indiana Testing Troubles Continue
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/20171012/testing-testing

Indiana Scrap School Grading System with Wrong-Headed Focus
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/sunday-centerpiece/20171015/an-f-for-effort

Iowa Companies Fight Over Testing Contract
https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/pearson-fights-award-iowa-testing-contract-rival-vendor/?cmp=soc-tw-shr-mktbf

Massachusetts Why Educators Oppose the State Tests
http://www.cambridgeday.com/2017/10/14/why-we-oppose-mcas-2-0/

Minnesota Opt-Out Numbers Trend Upward
http://www.albertleatribune.com/2017/10/high-school-sees-trend-of-opt-outs-for-state-tests/

New York State Exams Will Get More Scrutiny After Recent Flawed Questions
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/ny-education-chief-regents-exams-to-get-more-scrutiny-for-accuracy-1.14502631

North Carolina Parents Push Back Against State Takeover of Low Scoring Schools
http://wunc.org/post/state-wants-take-over-their-kids-school-here-s-how-some-parents-feel-about-it#stream/0

Ohio State's Report Cards Don't Accurately Measure What's Important About Schools
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/10/16/report-cards-not-most-important-measure-schools/760106001/

Oregon Moratorium on School Grades Continues
http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/5666879-151/no-grades-again-on-state-report-cards-for

South Carolina Challenging Test's Guaranteed Failure Rate
http://www.chronicle-independent.com/section/53/article/48680/

Tennessee Thousands of Exams Scored Inaccurately
http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/education/2017/10/13/thousands-tnready-tests-scored-incorrectly/762142001/

Texas Houston Agrees to End Value-Added Measurement of Teachers to Settle Lawsuit
http://www.educationviews.org/federal-suit-settlement-value-added-measures-houston/

Virginia Scrap State-Mandated Tests to Move Education Forward
http://baconsrebellion.com/40890-2/

International British Exam Prep Factories Put Students' Futures at Risk
https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/education/ofsted-exam-factory-schools-risking-pupils-futures/

International Canada School Trustees Call for End of Test-Based School Rankings
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/school-trustees-call-for-end-to-harmful-and-unfortunate-school-rankings-1.4351017

University Admissions Time for Plan to Aid Underserved Students
http://diverseeducation.com/article/102875/

University Admissions Why Brown Should Go Test-Optional
http://www.browndailyherald.com/2017/10/15/letter-brown-go-test-optional/

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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