Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 18 - 24, 2019

Politicians are finally beginning to heed the assessment reform message.  In state after state, grassroots activism by parents, students, educators and community leaders is forcing policy makers to roll back standardized exam requirements, particularly the high-states consequences attached to test scores.  Keep the pressure on!

Multiple States Could Testing Wreck Civics Education?
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/09/18/can-tests-capture-students-civic-dispositions.html

California School Poverty, Not Racial Mix, Is Key Determinant of Achievement gaps
https://edsource.org/2019/poverty-levels-in-schools-key-determinant-of-achievement-gaps-not-racial-or-ethnic-composition-study-finds/617821

Colorado Many High School Students Did Not Participate in State Tests
https://highlandsranchherald.net/stories/participation-by-local-students-low-on-standardized-tests,286625

Florida Time to Organize Against VAM Evaluations for Teachers
http://vamboozled.com/time-to-organize-in-florida/
Florida One Test Should Not Determine Students' Future
https://www.tampabay.com/news/gradebook/2019/09/19/teens-still-learning-english-shouldnt-have-to-pass-floridas-10th-grade-english-test-lawmaker-says/

Indiana Reducing the Dominance of Testing Would Refresh Learning
http://www.dailyjournal.net/2019/09/21/beyond_the_test_reducing_the_dominance_of_standardized_tests_would_refresh_learning_in_indiana_schools/
Indiana Parents Have the Power to Force Testing Changes
https://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/columns/20190919/parents-hold-the-power-to-mandate-ilearn-changes
Indiana Testing Company Sold to Venture Capitalists
https://www.tribstar.com/news/report-ilearn-testing-company-sold/article_d67957d6-dbc4-11e9-94ef-6754a2cb311b.html

Mississippi School Board Calls for Elimination of End-of-Course Tests as Graduation Requirement
https://www.dailyleader.com/2019/09/17/lincoln-county-school-board-weighs-in-on-state-agenda/

Nevada The Deeper Story Behind Test Scores
https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/news-columns/on-education/looking-for-the-stories-behind-clark-county-schools-star-ratings-1853233/

New Mexico Student Test Scores Removed From Teacher Evaluations
https://www.abqjournal.com/1369061/ped-updates-teacher-evaluations-ex-interim-plan-for-the-201920-school-year-will-use-different-processes.html

New York Board of Regents Looks at Performance Assessment Consortium as Model for Rethinking State Testing
https://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8804-new-york-rethinks-high-school-graduation-regents-requirements-performance-assessment

Ohio School Grades Closely Tied to District Wealth
https://www.cleveland.com/news/g66l-2019/09/eafdac15366565/see-how-closely-ohio-school-report-card-grades-trend-with-district-income.html

Pennsylvania Low-Scoring Students No Longer Required to Retake State Exams
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/east-penn/mc-nws-east-penn-school-board-20190924-k7abvcyapvd37jmm4bzplyif5m-story.html

Tennessee I'm Sick of Getting Dinged for Test Scores When Some of My Kids Don't Have Food at Home
https://www.lovewhatmatters.com/im-sick-of-getting-dinged-for-test-scores-when-my-students-dont-have-food-at-home-or-clothes-that-fit-im-so-sick-of-it-that-im-leaving-the-field/

Utah Thousands of Tests Have Missing Scores Due to Computerized Administration Problems
https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2019/09/18/standardized-tests-utah/

Wyoming A School Is Not Just the Average of Test Scores
https://www.laramieboomerang.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/kobulnicky-letter-a-school-is-more-than-just-the-average/article_724dd5e6-405b-5880-b242-f62a40ae46f1.html

University Admissions Best Year Ever for Test-Optional Growth as 47 More Schools Drop ACT/SAT
https://www.fairtest.org/2019-best-year-ever-testoptional-higher-ed-admissi
University Admission Princeton Eliminates GRE Requirements for 14 Graduate Programs
https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/09/17/princeton-eliminates-gre-test-requirement-14-graduate-programs

International Canada New Book: Decolonizing Educational Assessment in Ontario
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-27462-7#toc

Worth Reading  The "Perfect Storm" of Education Reform
http://www.socialjusticejournal.org/archive/139_42_1/139_05_Croft_Roberts_Stenhouse.pdf
Worth Reading The Things Standardized Tests Can't Tell Teachers
https://childrenaremorethantestscores.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-things-standardized-testing-cant.html