Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 16 - 22, 2015

Another week with even more assessment reform victories to report as the "Enough is enough!" movement against test misuse and overuse continues to accelerate across the nation.

National Some Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Requirements Relaxed Under NCLB Waivers
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/09/16/teacher-evaluation-reins-lo...

Multiple States As Results Trickle in, More States Abandoning Common Core Tests
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/09/21/as-test-results-trickle-i...
Multiple States Are Graduation Tests on Their Way Out
http://www.care2.com/causes/are-high-school-exit-exams-on-the-way-out.html
Multiple States Major Newspapers Editorial Boards Continue Test-and-Punish Support
http://fair.org/home/major-papers-reject-the-opt-out-option/

Arizona Retroactive High School Diplomas for Those Denied Graduation by Exit Exams
http://williamsnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=15304

California New Accountability System Will De-Emphasized Standardized Tests
http://edsource.org/2015/new-school-accountability-system-will-de-emphas...
California Parents Sue District for Failure to Provide Opt-Out Rights Notification
http://edsource.org/2015/lawsuit-schools-failed-to-inform-parents-of-rig...

Connecticut Flawed Smarter Balanced Test is Wrong Answer
http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-cohen-ct-drop-smarter-balance...

Delaware Opting Out Aims to End Madness of High-Stakes Testing
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/09/18/opt-ends-...

District of Columbia Six Schools Had "Critical" Test Security Violations Last Year; 11 More Had "Irregularities"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/six-dc-schools-had-critic...

Florida Computerized Testing System Was Unprepared for Cyber-Attack
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150916/ARTICLE/150919733
Florida Time and Resources Spent on Testing is Detrimental to Students
http://www.ocala.com/article/20150920/OPINION/150919752

Georgia Superintendent Blasts Testing Fixation: "Our Kids Are Not a Number"
http://onlineathens.com/mobile/2015-09-17/our-kids-are-not-number-clarke...

Illinois PARCC Test Fails Our Children, Again
http://www.chicagonow.com/still-advocating/2015/09/parcc-test-fails-kids...
Illinois School Officials Looking Into Problems With Online Test
http://jg-tc.com/news/local/school-officials-looking-into-problem-with-o...

Massachusetts Less Testing, More Learning a Rallying Cry
http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20150916/NEWS/150917078
Massachusetts State Needs to Take a Step Back and Evaluate High-Stakes Testing
http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20150917/OPINION/150916693/2013...

Michigan Moratorium on Test-Based School Ranking
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/09/michigan_wont_rele...

Minnesota Superintendents Disagree Over State Testing Policy
http://www.southernminn.com/waseca_county_news/news/article_72772f75-692...

New Hampshire A Peek Inside the State's Performance Assessment Pilot
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning_deeply/2015/09/a_peek_inside_new...

New Jersey Major Book Documents Failure of Test-Based Accountability, Charters in Newark
http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/dale-russakoff-test-case-new...

New Mexico Santa Fe Schools Chief Backs Lawsuit Against Test-Driven Teacher Evaluation
http://www.abqjournal.com/645410/news/sf-schools-chief-backs-lawsuit-aga...

New York State Will Trim Common Core Exams After Many Students Opted Out
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/nyregion/new-york-will-trim-common-cor...

Ohio Public, Teachers Fight Federal Education Testing Mandates
http://www.chillicothegazette.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/09/18/pu...

Oklahoma State Writing Test Won't Be Scored for Third Straight Year
http://www.newson6.com/story/30066536/state-writing-exam-wont-be-scored-...

Oregon Board of Education Lowers Score Required to Pass New Diploma Exam
http://ijpr.org/post/oregon-lowers-test-scores-required-diploma#stream/0

Pennsylvania NCLB Waiver Creates Confusion Around Teacher Evaluation
http://www.eveningsun.com/local/ci_28830625/pa-education-waiver-leads-co...
Pennsylvania Expert Worries That Testing Focus Teaches Kids to be Robots
http://www.tribdem.com/news/analysis-test-expert-worries-kids-are-turnin...

Tennessee State Makes Some Progress Toward Easing Testing Burden
http://www.commercialappeal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-while-congr...

Washington New Seattle Teacher Contract Wins Important Assessment Reform Victories
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/09/22/jesse-hagopian-seattle-teachers-went-...
Washington Common Core Testing Poorly Designed
http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/opinion/letters/school/common-core-te...

ACT/SAT Test-Optional Admissions Enhances Diversity
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2015/09/17/consid...
ACT/SAT Catholic University of America Goes Announces Admissions Test-Optional Policy
http://wamu.org/news/15/09/22/catholic_university_joins_gwu_in_making_sa...
ACT/SAT Cornell College Eliminates Admissions Exam Requirement for Most Applicants
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/education/college/2015/09/15...
ACT/SAT Rivier University to Offer Admission Without SAT, ACT Tests
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/23725/20150917/rivier-universit...
ACT/SAT FairTest Database of Test-Optional and Test-Flexible Schools
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

New Book Calls for Preparing Kids for Innovation Era: Most Likely to Succeed
http://www.tonywagner.com/1933