Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 12 - 18, 2018

It's only the first month of the school year, but assessment reformers are already winning victories that reverse regressive policies.  At the same time, more candidates for public office are reflecting the concerns of parents, educators and community leaders by incorporating calls to overhaul testing in their campaign platforms.

California Teachers Question New Standardized Testing Program
https://www.berkeleyside.com/2018/09/13/berkeley-teachers-blast-district-for-standardized-test-decision

Florida What's the Holdup with State's ESSA Plan?
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/09/12/whats-the-holdup-with-floridas-federal-essa-accountability-plan/

Indiana More Than 28,000 Students Affected by Pearson Test Error
http://www.14news.com/2018/09/11/nearly-indiana-students-affected-by-error-istep/

Maryland PARCC To Be Replaced with Home Grown Assessments
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/maryland-to-ditch-statewide-parcc-exams-in-favor-of-homegrown-test/2018/09/13/0cce74f2-b2c6-11e8-9a6a-565d92a3585d_story.html

Minnesota State Rewards Schools Based on Performance From Multiple Indicators, Not Just Tests
http://www.presspubs.com/quad/news/article_5a92f48c-b5f6-11e8-bc1a-0beab9e3f143.html

New Jersey Please Don't Save PARCC Test
https://www.northjersey.com/story/opinion/editorials/2018/09/17/editorial-please-dont-save-parcc/1337719002/

New York State Pulls Back on Punitive Opt-Out Rules
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/regents-schools-opt-outs-1.21091352
New York Educators Organize to Oppose High-Stakes Testing
http://www.wxxinews.org/post/education-group-opposed-high-stakes-testing

North Carolina Teacher-Made Assessments Are the Best
https://www.salisburypost.com/2018/09/13/james-b-carter-teacher-made-tests-are-best/

Ohio Governor Candidate Wants to Reduce Public School Testing
https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/governor-candidate-cordray-wants-reduce-standardized-tests-ohio-schools/x25fUCciJPsIrJTOz8zgjI/
Ohio Schools Should Not Be Judged by Broken"Accountability" System
http://www.norwalkreflector.com/Column/2018/09/14/Schools-shouldn-t-be-judged-by-broken.html
Ohio English Teachers Protest Computer Grading of Student Essays
https://inthevalleyofthedoan.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/open-letter-to-ohio-department-of-education-from-english-teachers-concerning-computer-graded-exams/

Pennsylvania The Test Before the Test Frustrates Students and Teachers
https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2018/09/14/meet-the-test-before-the-test-pennsylvanias-classroom-diagnostic-tools-cdt/

Texas Many Students Opt-Out of STAAR Tests, Substitute Other Scores
https://communityimpact.com/austin/leander-cedar-park/education/2018/09/11/leander-isd-students-substitute-tests-opt-out-of-staar-end-of-course-exams/
Texas Educators Blast A-to-F School Grades
https://www.news-journal.com/news/local/a-f-ratings-dominate-discussions-at-longview-education-summit/article_9d6548e6-b777-11e8-bd24-5320a8e02021.html

University Admissions Renewed Debate About Value of GRE
https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/09/17/decision-penns-philosophy-department-renews-debate-about-gre