Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 31 - November 6, 2018

You don't need another reminder that it is Election Day.  But, do remember that your vote can boost candidates who support genuine assessment reforms, not another layer of counter-productive test-and-punish schemes.  If you want to change policies, you have to change the policy makers!

National What Education Wonks Will Be Watching for in Election Results
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-education/2018/11/05/what-education-wonks-are-watching-on-election-day-400805

Arizona Teachers Paid Millions in Bonuses for High Student AP Test Scores
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona-education/2018/10/31/ap-exam-bonuses-arizona-teachers-achievement-gap-performance-doug-ducey-education/1753872002/

Florida Teacher Writes "Students Are Not Data Points" in Strong Letter of Resignation
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-ne-orange-teacher-resignation-letter-20181029-story.html

Hawaii Culture-Based Education Relies on Performance Assessments
https://www.civilbeat.org/2018/11/be-the-changemaker-in-hawaii-education/

Illinois State School Ratings Cause Confusion
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cps-school-ratings-illinois-state-board-education-isbe-ratings-public/

Kentucky Concerns About New Graduation "Competency Test" Requirement
http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/ap/article_36685b80-df07-11e8-93aa-23fea886fbcc.html

Maine Test Opt-Out Movement Strong in Some Communities
http://www.sunjournal.com/lewiston-parents-opt-out-movement-strong/

Maryland New, Shorter Testing Program to Replace PARCC
https://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2018/11/02/maryland-public-schools-undergo-statewide-testing-changes/1760196002/

Massachusetts Boston Schools Ignored Bidding Requirements in Awarding Testing Contracts
https://www.wgbh.org/news/education/2018/11/02/boston-schools-ignored-bid-specs-in-awarding-testing-contracts

New York Board of Regents to Vote on Extending Moratorium on Using Student Test Scores for Teacher Evaluation
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/teacher-evaluations-regents-opt-outs-elia-1.22947642

Ohio Teachers Frustrated by Testing Fixation
https://www.wtol.com/2018/11/02/family-focus-standardized-tests/
Ohio Test-Based Graduation Rules Leave Some Students in a Bind
https://www.marionstar.com/story/news/2018/11/04/graduation-change-puts-local-students-bind/1838608002/

Rhode Island Governor's Rivals See Political Motive in Delaying School Grades Until After Election
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20181101/raimondos-rivals-see-political-motive-in-delayed-release-of-school-test-scores

Texas Test-Cheating Defendants Seek to Move Trial Away From El Paso
https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/special-reports/episdcheating/2018/11/02/prosecutors-call-attempt-move-trial-episd-cheating-scheme-premature/1834216002/

University Admission "Beyond the GRE Campaign," GREXIT Programs List Seek to Downplay Graduate School Testing
http://www.fairtest.org/%E2%80%9Cbeyond-gre%E2%80%9D-campaign-and-%E2%80%9Cgrexit%E2%80%9D-web-list-seek-d

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