Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 23- 29, 2019

The assessment reform drumbeat continues to reverberate ever more strongly across the nation. As growing numbers of parents, educators, students and school leaders speak out, more policy makers begin to implement meaningful changes in testing policy.  Check out this week's developments:

National What to Expect From October 30 NAEP Scores Release
https://www.educationnext.org/what-to-expect-nations-report-card-predictions-2019-naep/

California Are Test Scores at Odds with Real-Life Learning?
http://www.westsideconnect.com/opinion/are-test-scores-real-life-learning-at-odds/article_21713484-f6aa-11e9-92c4-5f98d9c9cbf9.html

Colorado Teachers and School Board Agree to Drop Test-Score Bonuses
https://www.vaildaily.com/news/teachers-union-eagle-county-schools-agree-to-dump-performance-pay/

Florida Parents and Educators Tell State Ed. Leaders "Testing Is Not Teaching"
https://www.staugustine.com/news/20191022/testing-is-not-teaching-st-johns-county-educators-parents-tell-state-leaders
Florida Poverty Stifles Success in Many Schools
http://www.usforacle.com/2019/10/20/poverty-stifles-success-in-floridas-k-12-schools/

Georgia As Online Tests Go Haywire, Exams for 20,000 Students Cancelled
https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/fulton-county-halts-standardized-testing-citing-vendor-problems/hIMlF4BHfzzbTiyMwsLu0I/#

Indiana Local School Board Calls for End to Standardized Testing Misuse and Overuse
https://www.wave3.com/2019/10/22/madison-ind-school-district-calls-end-standardized-testing/
Indiana House Speaker Has Plan to Hold Schools Harmless For Scores From Controversial New Test
https://www.eaglecountryonline.com/news/local-news/house-speaker-bosma-outlines-plan-for-hold-harmless-policy/

Michigan New "Read of Flunk" Law Focuses Third Grade on the Big Test
https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/test-read-or-flunk-law-looms-over-michigan-third-graders

New Mexico Revamped Criteria Used to Evaluate Teachers
https://www.krqe.com/top-stories/new-mexico-teachers-evaluated-under-revamped-criteria/

New York Requiring More Tests Is Not "Education Reform"
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/10/nyc-testing-is-still-not-teaching.html

Oklahoma Test Scores Wrongly Used as Sole Measure of Student Achievement
https://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/letters/letter-to-the-editor-using-school-test-scores-wrongly-to/article_8a201f56-63f9-5ea7-8167-6a061f00368e.html

Utah How Will State Deal with Scores From Tests Disrupted by Computer Administration Failures
https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2019/10/27/20926962/guest-opinion-how-will-utah-deal-with-school-testing-disruptions

Virginia Rankings Don't Tell the Truth About School Quality
https://richmondmagazine.com/from-the-editor-from-the-front-lines/

West Virginia Student Success Is More Than a Test Score
https://www.wvnews.com/theet/opinion/columns/student-success-is-more-than-a-test-score/article_c42dbc66-a8d1-5e3d-9337-829d3952bf3c.html

University Admissions More Than a Score: Dropping ACT/SAT Requirements Advanced Equity for College Applicants
https://www.gazettenet.com/ACT-hg-101619-29359746
University Admissions Colorado School of Public Health Drops GRE Requirement
https://www.cuanschutztoday.org/news/colorado-school-of-public-health-moves-to-drop-its-gre-requirement

International India Culture of High-Stakes Testing Should Be Dismantled
https://qz.com/india/1728666/indias-high-stakes-testing-culture-needs-to-be-dismantled/

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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