Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 11 - 17, 2019

The drumbeat of criticism documenting the negative fallout from test-driven education policies grows ever louder. With each passing school day, more parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders recognize the damage being inflicted on educational quality and equity.  It's time for policymakers to pay attention . . . or be replaced!

California Assigning Single Grade to Every School Is Too Simplistic
https://edsource.org/2019/qa-with-michael-kirst-single-rating-for-schools-just-too-simplistic/617064

Delaware To Improve Education, Bring Back Play
https://www.capegazette.com/article/improve-education-bring-back-play/188364

Florida "Accountabaloney" Dominates State Testing Policy
http://accountabaloney.com/index.php/2019/09/11/happy-birthday-to-us/

Indiana Beyond the Test: Reduce Influence of Standardized Exams to Refresh Learning
https://www.tribstar.com/opinion/columns/beyond-the-test/article_c0a538f0-8898-5434-aaf7-50f06a571f81.html
Indiana There is No Magical High-Stakes Test
http://www.newsbug.info/monticello_herald_journal/opinion/there-is-no-magical-high-stakes-test-for-indiana-students/article_b9c87863-2bec-5cda-a8c4-8dceddb3a56c.html

Massachusetts School Rating System Measures Little That Matters
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2019/09/11/critique-bps-rating-system-asking-wrong-question/CVloQQt9NI4wSxaAheHFON/story.html?event=event12

Minnesota More Students Opting Out of State Tests
http://www.startribune.com/more-minnesota-students-opting-out-of-state-tests/560350012/

New York Opt-Out Movement Fights Back Against State Ed Bureaucrats
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/9/12/1885035/-Opt-Out-Fights-Back?_=2019-09-12T04:48:18.601-07:00

North Carolina Education Ratings Show Low Funding Hurts Schools
https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article234926202.html

Ohio Few Agree on How to Evaluate Schools
https://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/local-education/with-state-report-cards-due-few-agree-how-evaluate-schools/W8Qgj02ka2Xag3l1RjS6qL/#
Ohio The Mental Health Cost of Over-Testing
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/opinion/41011/testing-in-ohio-schools-at-what-cost

Pennsylvania To Test or Not to Test?  One Size Does Not Fit All
http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/opinion/brown-to-test-or-not-to-test-pssa-s-plus/article_931cbcca-d300-11e9-9613-3b2d37af6c88.html

Washington Teachers Union Head Praises Trend to De-emphasize Standardized Tests
https://mynorthwest.com/1512373/washington-education-association-president-larry-delayney/

University Admissions Students Successfully Pressure Mount St. Mary's University to Adopt Test-Optional Policy to Enhance Diversity
https://news.msmary.edu/2019/09/mount-st-marys-adopts-test-optional-policy-for-first-year-applicants.html

Worth Reading Artificial Intelligence Can Pass High School Test But Would Fail Preschool
https://www.wired.com/story/ai-can-pass-standardized-testsbut-it-would-fail-preschool/

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