Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 19 - 25, 2016

The national wave of opposition to test misuse and overuse continues to swell even as media attention focuses on the closing days of election season. All winning candidates will have to pay heed to the rising tide of grassroots pressure for many fewer standardized exams, an end to high-stakes testing and support for better assessments.

National Assessing Does Not Mean Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/assessing-doesnt-mean-tes_b_12615654.html
 
National Protecting Opportunity to Learn Through State ESSA Implementation Plans
http://schottfoundation.org/blog/2016/10/17/webinar-protecting-opportunity-learn-through-essa-state-accountability-plans

Arizona State Superintendent Considers Alternatives to Current Testing Program
http://www.havasunews.com/news/arizona-schools-boss-diane-douglas-wants-to-test-differently/article_acda65d8-94f4-11e6-96d4-4ffd155c1259.html

California Will New School Accountability System Really Work?
https://edsource.org/2016/once-in-place-will-school-accountability-system-really-work/570821

Florida Despite Court Ruling, Some Districts Don't Promote Students Who Opt Out
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-third-grade-testing-retention-lawsuit-20161020-story.html
 

Georgia What Happened to Students When Educators Went to Jail for Cheating?
http://www.wbur.org/npr/495806074/educators-went-to-jail-for-cheating-what-happened-to-the-students

Georgia School Report Card Law Flawed
http://www.decaturdaily.com/opinion/editorials/school-report-card-law-flawed/article_2e2e6ca7-793b-5a63-b92d-dc05749b3268.html

Indiana Assessment is Key Issue in State School Chief Race
http://www.batesvilleheraldtribune.com/news/local_news/assessing-schools-a-key-issue-for-state-schools-chief/article_a8f46391-5941-5dd0-873b-95b207fdf9ed.html

Minnesota Redefining Accountability as More Than Test Scores
https://www.minnpost.com/education/2016/10/redefining-school-accountability-minnesota-it-s-more-test-scores-and-graduation-ra

Mississippi Accountability System Does Not Do Schools Justice
http://starherald.net/opinion-columnists-joseph-brown/accountability-system-does-not-do-our-schools-justice

Montana U.S Senator Says ESSA Can't Be "NCLB 2.0"
http://helenair.com/news/politics/tester-juneau-education-officials-essa-can-t-be-no-child/article_4255cdc8-eaad-5bc9-b05e-3d38f5c00f52.html

New Jersey  Civil Rights Groups File Suit Against PARCC Graduation Test
http://nj1015.com/nj-civil-rights-groups-file-lawsuit-challenging-parcc-grad-requirements/

New Mexico State Ed Chief Hears Public Input on ESSA
https://www.abqjournal.com/870169/state-education-chief-gathers-abq-input.html

New York Will New Test Open Entry Door to Selective High Schools
http://thebrooklynink.com/2016/10/21/55403-a-wider-door-nyc-alters-the-entry-test-to-its-top-high-schools/

North Carolina Testing Policies Deter New Teachers
http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article109783322.html

Pennsylvania Larger Lessons From Keystone Exam Error
http://triblive.com/opinion/editorials/11348216-74/data-error-administrators
 
Pennsylvania Work Begins on ESSA Plan
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pde-releases-essa-workgroup-report-set-to-begin-developing-pennsylvanias-state-plan-300346957.html

Tennessee Teachers Association Joins Legal Fight Over Testing Practices
http://www.newschannel5.com/news/newschannel-5-investigates/making-the-grade/tea-joins-legal-fight-over-metro-schools-testing-practices

Tennessee Whistleblowers Claim Retaliation for Reporting Testing Irregularities
http://www.newschannel5.com/news/newschannel-5-investigates/making-the-grade/whistleblowers-sue-metro-schools-claim-retaliation

Utah Changes in Grading Policy Hurt Struggling Schools
http://www.sltrib.com/home/4501610-155/teachers-say-changes-in-school-grading

Virginia State Seeks Public Input on New Federal Accountability Law
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/education/districts/article_47cb1d12-bf96-5dcb-ba09-9161432e3c4a.html