Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 20 - 26, 2017

Please help FairTest honor this year's Deborah Meier "Hero in Education" awardees -- Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and Schott Foundation President John H. Jackson -- by buying tickets to the October 26 event or making a contribution to support assessment reform at:
https://fairtest.networkforgood.com/events/3235-fairtest-celebrates-john...

National NAEP History Test Deserves a "F" for Measuring Critical Thinking
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/09/19/the-natio...

Colorado School Board Suspends "Pay for Performance" System Which Drove Teachers Out
http://douglascountynewspress.net/stories/school-districts-pay-for-perfo...?

Florida Legislature Sued After Doubling Down on Failed, Test-Based, Teacher Bonus Scheme
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170919/lane-schools-sued-after-...

Iowa State's More "Holistic" ESSA Plan May Include Student Ratings of Teachers
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/education/2017/09/24/iowa-as...

Louisiana Survey Shows Strong Majority Believes State Tests Too Much
http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/education/2017/09/20/surve...
Louisiana Districts Will Complete Testing Audit
http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/education/article_f9a30060-9...

Massachusetts Lawmakers Want New Measures of Student Success
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_politics/2017/09/lawmaker_wants_n...
Massachusetts Teachers Need Freedom From the Drudgery of Testing
http://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/09/teachers_need_freedom_...

Minnesota School Accountability System Up for Review
http://www.southernminn.com/faribault_daily_news/news/state/article_f3eb...

New Jersey Pressure to Repeal Graduation Test Requirement Escalates
http://nj1015.com/nj-students-will-have-to-pass-this-one-test-to-graduat...

Ohio Local School Leader Takes Risks to Criticize School Testing
http://www.journal-news.com/news/hamilton-schools-leader-takes-unusual-s...

North Carolina Testing Debate Intensifies
https://carolinianuncg.com/2017/09/20/the-testing-debate/

South Carolina Examining the Relationship Between Hunger and Test Scores
http://www.npr.org/2017/09/21/552530614/researchers-examine-links-betwee...

Tennessee Test Scores Will Have Smaller Impact on Teacher Pay
http://www.lebanondemocrat.com/Education/2017/09/25/Test-scores-to-have-...

Utah Using Flawed Data for School Report Cards is Crazy
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865689233/Busy-work-or-valuable-data...
Utah High Opt-Out Rate Reflected in Test Scores
http://www.parkrecord.com/news/sage-scores-sink-as-students-drop-test/

Virginia Standardized Testing Policy Needs an Overhaul
http://www.thefranklinnewspost.com/editorials/editorial-standardized-tes...

International How Tests Standardized Turkish Students
https://www.dailysabah.com/feature/2017/09/23/testing-times-how-tests-st...

University Test-Optional Policy Would Improve Diversity at University of Virginia
http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2017/09/u-va-should-go-test-optional

Worth Reading Testing at the Expense of Wisdom and Creativity
http://www.kappanonline.org/testing-for-better-and-worse-sternberg/

Worth Watching New Film Narrated by Matt Damon Links Testing to School Closures and Privatization
http://www.backpackfullofcash.com/