Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 16 - 22, 2019

Victories -- both large and small-- in many states paint a bright picture for the grassroots assessment reform movement.  As a momentous election season draws near, politicians will be paying even more attention to the concerns of their constituents.  Parents, students, educators and community activists need to make sure policy makers know you want them to end standardized testing misuse and overuse. . . . NOW!

National Many States Back Away From Using Value-Added Measures" for Teacher Performance Reviews
https://www.kappanonline.org/mapping-teacher-evaluation-plans-essa-close-amrein-beardsley-collins/

Alaska Look Beyond Test Scores to See What Is Happening in Kids' Lives
https://www.adn.com/opinions/2019/10/21/lets-look-beyond-test-scores/

California Should Tests Be Split Up and Administered Throughout the Year
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-21-should-state-assessments-be-split-up-testmaker-nwea-thinks-so

District of Columbia Chancellor Promised to Review Test-Based Teacher Evaluation System
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/chancellor-vows-to-review-the-districts-controversial-teacher-evaluation-system/2019/10/20/6c00405c-f0de-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html

Florida School Wrongly Placed Student in Special Ed to Avoid State Testing
https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20191022/judge-sarasota-schools-wrongly-put-student-in-special-needs-program-to-avoid-state-testing

Kansas Study Concludes That Public Schools Rely Too Heavily on Standardized Exams
http://www.kake.com/story/41204334/ku-study-concludes-that-kansas-schools-rely-too-much-on-test-scores

Mississippi Major Test for New Teachers Will De-emphasize Difficult Math Problems
https://hechingerreport.org/a-major-test-for-would-be-teachers-will-de-emphasize-the-more-difficult-math-sections/

New Jersey State Board of Ed. Votes to Eliminate Some Exam Requirements
https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/education/2019/10/21/nj-takes-step-reduce-state-testing-high-school/4053790002/

New York Universal Free Lunch Linked to Higher Test Scores
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2019/10/15/universal-free-lunch-is-linked-to-better-test-scores-in-new-york-city-new-report-finds/

North Carolina Testing Reduction Act Goes Into Effect Next School Year
https://www.witn.com/content/news/Testing-Reduction-Act-to-begin-in-2020-2021-school-year-563169911.html

Oklahoma School Effectiveness Linked to Diversity
https://nondoc.com/2019/10/19/school-effectiveness-linked-to-diversity/

Oregon New "Accountability" System Features More Nuances, Less Labeling
https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/7510320-151/oregon-applies-more-nuance-in-school-improvement

Pennsylvania Reducing Weight of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluation Will Help Students
https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/reforming-the-way-we-grade-teachers-will-help-our-students/article_116cc254-f1f2-11e9-9b8c-f74d52b03b2d.html

South Carolina State Ed. Superintendent Says Standardized Testing Needs Complete Overhaul
https://www.wltx.com/article/news/local/statesuperintendantsaysstatestandardizedtestsneedchanging/101-c69794f5-2c10-43ab-979b-9ac3edc42094

Tennessee Fake "Ed Reform" Group Promotes Annual Testing
https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/17/scandal-tennessee-fake-reform-group-endorses-annual-testing/

Virginia State Reconsiders Role of Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations
https://www.virginiamercury.com/blog-va/virginia-considers-deemphasizing-test-scores-in-teacher-evaluations/

University Admissions Record Number of Schools Drop ACT/SAT Amid Growing Disenchantment with Standardized Tests
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/10/18/record-number-colleges-drop-satact-admissions-requirement-amid-growing-disenchantment-with-standardized-tests/

https://www.businessinsider.sg/more-schools-than-ever-are-turning-away-from-sat-and-act-for-admission-2019-10/

Worth Reading High-Stakes Standardized Testing Is an Act of Violence Against Students
https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/19/bob-shepherd-why-high-stakes-testing-is-an-act-of-violence-against-students/

Worth Reading No Test Left Behind: How Pearson Made a Killing on U.S. Testing Craze
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/features/privatization/four/

International Singapore Ends Exam Ranking Because "Learning Is Not a Competition"
https://mymodernmet.com/singapore-abolishes-exams/