Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 25 - 31, 2017

This is the season when many states issue  "school grades" or "report cards" that are based largely on standardized exam results. As in past years, a string of scoring and data reporting errors reveals how counter-productive this politically motivated process can be. Meanwhile, more jurisdictions are considering eliminating or minimizing their high school graduation testing requirements. That continues a trend in which the number of states with exit exams on the books has been cut in half.
http://fairtest.org/graduation-test-update-states-recently-eliminated

National Transition to Computerized Test Delays NAEP Results
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2017/10/naep_digital_transitio...
National Some States Refuse to Give Tests in Languages Other Than English
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/10/25/some-states-with-english-o...

Arizona State Education Board Flunks School Grading Test
https://www.cvbugle.com/news/2017/oct/24/editorial-state-education-board...

Florida Algebra Test Haunts Students Even After Requirement Abolished
http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/education/2017/10/25/algebra-ii-test-st...
Florida Lawmaker Proposes Alternative to High School Graduation Test
http://www.chronicleonline.com/news/local/lawmaker-seeks-alternate-route...

Georgia Continuing Fallout From Atlanta Test Cheating Scandal
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-some-atlanta-students-are-getting-...
Georgia Who Cares About School Grades?
http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2017/10/30/georgia-will-release-new-sc...

Illinois Data Errors Make Test-Score-Based Report Cards Virtually Useless
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/errors-data-cps-illinois-state-board-o...

Indiana New Plan to Replace Graduation Test Requirement
http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_news/new-indiana-high-school-graduati...

Kansas Racial Inequities in Educational Opportunities Reflected in Test Scores
http://cjonline.com/opinion/editorials/2017-10-28/editorial-academic-ine...

Maryland State Delays Plan to Raise Test Cutoff Scores
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/bs-md-student-gradua...

Massachusetts Scores From Revised Exam Renew Debate About Test's Value and Use
http://baystatebanner.com/news/2017/oct/25/low-mcas-scores-launch-disput...

Michigan Exam Hurdle Keeps Qualified, Experienced Teacher Out of Classroom
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2017/10/31/let-teach/107180512/

New York Selective Public High Schools Should Ditch Admissions Tests to Promote Diversity
https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20171025/greenwich-village/nyu-metro-ce...

Ohio Exam-Focused Schools Are Hurting Academic Performance
http://www.newsrecord.org/opinion/opinion-an-exam-focused-education-acro...

Oklahoma Education Stakeholders Criticize State's ESSA Plan
https://oklahomawatch.org/2017/10/24/surveys-show-concerns-over-new-educ...

Pennsylvania Proposed Civics Grad Test Requirement Unlikely to Become Law
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/bill-requiring-students-to-pass-a-...

Tennessee Lawmakers Grill Ed. Commissioner About Testing Problems
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2017/10/25/as-lawmakers-grill-mcqueen...

Utah Test Replacement Not Likely to Reduce Opt Outs
http://www.parkrecord.com/news/sage-exam-ends-park-city-officials-doubtf...

University Number of ACT/SAT Optional Colleges and Universities Nears 1,000
http://fairtest.org/university/optional