Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 12 - 18, 2016

With stories from 20 states, this week's news clips demonstrate the growing breadth and depth of the national movement fighting for fewer standardized tests, no high-stakes exams and better assessments. You can have friends and allies sign up for these updates at: http://fairtest.org/weekly-news-signup

National Teachers Want States to Go For Bold Changes Under ESSA
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/10/nea_wants_states_to_go_for_bol.html

National FairTest's "Assessment Matters" Report on Implementing ESSA Innovative Assessment Pilots
http://fairtest.org/assessment-matters-constructing-model-state-system

Alabama Board of Ed Delays Plan to Impose Test-Based School Grades
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/10/alabama_boe_delays_approval_of.html
 
Alabama What Can Finland Teach Us About Education?
https://news.wbhm.org/feature/2016/can-finland-teach-alabama-education/

Arizona State Listens to Public Input for ESSA Implementation
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/arizona-forms-game-plan-for-federal-education-law/article_178d6a42-c290-5e20-8634-69c25f7898b1.html

California Students Say School Quality Hinges on Relationships, Not Exam Scores
http://newamericamedia.org/2016/10/education-reform-relies-on-tests-and-acronyms-but-kids-say-its-about-relationships.php

California Duel With Obama Administration Over Testing Continues
https://edsource.org/2016/duel-between-california-and-obama-administration-over-education-continues/570332

Colorado Opt-Out Aftershock Calls School Ratings Into Question
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2016/10/13/opt-out-aftershock-colorado-school-ratings-called-into-question-for-low-participation-on-tests/

Colorado State Won't Abandon PARCC . . . Just Yet
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2016/10/12/colorado-wont-bolt-from-parcc-just-yet-state-board-chairman-says/

Connecticut Opting Out of Testing Is a Civic Duty
http://jonathanpelto.com/2016/10/13/opting-testing-connecticut-now-civic-duty-drew-michael-mcweeney/

Florida Text Opt-Out Movement Becomes an Electoral Issue
http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/election-2016-standardized-testing-opt-out-movement-spills-florida

Georgia Ballot Amendment Would Empower Governor to Take Over Low Scoring Schools
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/250/article/119698/

Hawaii Teacher Helps Make ESSA Work
http://neatoday.org/2016/10/12/implementing-essa/

Indiana Superintendent Proposes Alternative Assessment System
http://eaglecountryonline.com/local-article/ritz-proposes-ontrack-test-to-replace-istep/

Kansas High Test Scores Do Not Guarantee Good Schools
http://www.hayspost.com/2016/10/12/schrock-test-scores-do-not-guarantee-good-schools/

Louisiana Test-Based School Grades Delayed Again, This Time Allegedly by Flooding
http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2016/10/school_grades_delayed.html

Michigan Student Testing Changes Possibly Underway
http://wmuk.org/post/changes-possibly-underway-student-testing-michigan

Minnesota Schools Walk In Protest Targets "Testing Machine"
http://www.progressive.org/news/2016/10/188992/walking-not-out-support-schools

New York School Principals Reflect on Testing Shortfalls
http://www.ithaca.com/opinion/reflections-on-nys-testing-administrators-perspective/article_2ed3dfc4-8fdc-11e6-9d86-2fc92070a950.html
 
New York Congressional Race Focuses on Testing, Common Core, Charters
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/10/teachout_faso_testing_common_core_new_york_congress.html

New York Third Grade Tests Are Developmentally Inappropriate
https://greatschoolwars.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/cc-ela-passage-eval-2016-final-copy.pdf

Ohio Stakeholders Seek Fewer Tests, Better School Culture Under ESSA
http://radio.wosu.org/post/fewers-tests-better-culture-ohioans-chime-about-new-school-standards

Ohio Teachers Decry State Tests
http://www.sanduskyregister.com/Education/2016/10/17/Educators-demand-less-state-meddling.html

Oregon School Report Cards Reveal Test Opt-Out Effects
http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4734620-151/state-report-cards-reveal-test-opt-out-effects

Pennsylvania Civics Test Proposal Gets a Failing Grade
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/pennsylvania-civics-test-proposal-gets-a-failing-grade/article_78948f4c-8c07-11e6-bfb6-b7be6ea59c35.html

Rhode Island High School Grad Test Requirement Eliminated
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20161011/changes-in-ri-graduation-requirements-for-class-of-2021-approved

Tennessee How State Might Dramatically Overhaul Testing
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2016/10/11/how-tennessee-might-drastically-change-testing-and-other-potential-changes-to-the-states-schools/#.V_4iN5MrJZ0

Tennessee Test Scores Likely to Dip Due to Grading Changes
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2016/10/13/tennessee-student-test-scores-dip-face-rising-grading-standard/91975920/

Virginia Are Performance-Based Assessments the Future of Education
http://wvtf.org/post/are-performance-based-assessments-future-education

International/United Kingdom "Enough is Enough," Stop This Toxic Testing
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/enough-enough-stop-toxic-testing

University Admissions Colleges Say Grades Are Much More Important Than Test Scores in Evaluating Applicants
https://www.goodcall.com/news/grades-trump-test-scores-college-admissions-report-reveals-08951

Worth Reading Report on United Opt-Out Summit
https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/fighting-for-public-schools-means-fighting-against-systemic-racism-united-opt-out-education-and-civil-rights-summit/

Worth Reading Teachers Describe Huge Amounts of Classroom Time Spent on Testing and Test Prep
http://www.cep-dc.org/displayDocument.cfm?DocumentID=1461