Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 28 - October 4, 2016

The wide range of stories in this week's news clips show the growing breadth and depth of the grassroots testing resistance and reform movement. Parents, students, educators and community leaders are all pushing for fewer standardized exams, an end to high-stakes testing, and better assessments based on classroom performance. 

National Protecting Opportunity to Learn Through ESSA -- Free Webinar
http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6041/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=7286

Arizona Demographics Dominate School Test Scores
http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2016/sep/30/demographics-dominate-state-school-test-scores/

California Dashboard Data Will Guide School Improvement
http://educationnext.org/californias-dashboard-data-will-guide-improvement-forum-hough-kirst-accountability/

California How High-Stakes Testing Doomed Bi-literacy
http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/31_01/31-1_gonzales.shtml

Florida Teachers, Parents Lead Way in Review of New Federal Education Law
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/teachers-parents-lead-way-in-florida-review-of-new-federal-education-rules/2295379

Florida Replace Test-Based Teacher Bonuses with Better Pay
http://www.starfl.com/news/20161003/better-bonus-for-teachers

Georgia Poverty Undermines Achievement
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/poverty-turns-schools-into-suppliers-of-everyday-n/nshK4/
 
Georgia State Schools Superintendent Assesses Opportunities in ESSA Testing Changes
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/education/article104628856.html

Idaho Mandated Tests Not Good for Children
http://www.mtexpress.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/mandated-tests-not-good-for-children/article_1595b80a-fb55-11e5-bcd1-d778e2ece324.html

Illinois Poverty is Greatest Obstacle to Educational Achievement
http://myjournalcourier.com/news/100908/teachers-call-poverty-education-obstacle

Louisiana Public at Odds with Policymakers Over Role of Testing
http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-public-seems-to-be-at-odds-with.html

Massachusetts State Ed Boss: Delay Start of New Test
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/09/state_ed_boss_delay_start_of_new_test

Massachusetts Testing Testing
http://www.itemlive.com/opinion/testing-testing/

Michigan The "Wisdom" of Mandatory Grade Retention
https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-wisdom-of-mandatory-grade-retention/

New York Students More Likely to Fail Regents Tests on Hot Days
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2016/09/28/is-it-getting-hot-in-here-if-so-youre-less-likely-to-pass-a-high-stakes-test/

New York The Future of Common Core in the Empire State
http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/e/i2/edsolutions/201609/3CommonCore.pdf

Ohio Online vs Paper Tests Causes "Seesaw" Effect in School Grades
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/09/online_vs_paper_tests_create_seesaw_effect_on_state_report_card_grades_school_official_says.html

Pennsylvania The Measure of Citizenship Isn't an Exit Exam
https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/the-measure-of-citizenship-isnt-an-exit-exam-its-participating-in-our-democracy/

Pennsylvania The (In)Accuracy of Using Test Scores to Assess Principal Performance
http://educationresearchreport.blogspot.com/2016/09/assessing-accuracy-of-evaluating.html

Tennessee Teachers Question New State Testing Vendor
http://www.wbir.com/news/local/education/teachers-talk-with-tns-new-standardized-testing-vendor/326990392

Tennessee Education is More Than Test Scores
http://www.chattanoogan.com/2016/9/30/333048/More-Than-A-Test-Score.aspx

Texas More Changes Coming for State Tests
http://www.krgv.com/story/33264421/tea-introduces-new-changes-in-staar-test

Utah Changing Standards Affects School Grades
http://www.davisclipper.com/view/full_story/27279338/article-Changing-standard-affects-school-grades?instance=secondary_stories_left_column

Vermont School Inspections Offer a Diagnostic Look at Educational Quality
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/09/28/school-inspections-offer-a-diagnostic-look-at.html

Virginia A Veteran Teacher's Take on "Education Reform"
http://www.newsadvance.com/opinion/community_viewpoint/garmey-a-veteran-teacher-s-take-on-education-reform/article_5486141a-8746-11e6-885a-d7d1d76fe1db.html

Virginia Award-Winning Principal Reassigned in Wake of Opt-Out Questions
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/award-winning-principal-reassigned-in-wake-of-testing-opt-out-irregularities/2016/10/03/1669a13a-8988-11e6-b24f-a7f89eb68887_story.html

University Admissions SAT Scores Sag as Test-Optional Movement Soars
http://fairtest.org/sats-drop-again-testoptional-movement-surges

Worth Reading Standardized Testing is Bad for Education and Democracy
https://dianeravitch.net/2016/09/27/georg-lind-standardized-testing-is-bad-for-education-and-bad-for-democracy/

Worth Reading The Unintended Consequences of EdTPA on Teacher Education
http://pdkintl.org/blogs/learning-on-the-edge/the-unintended-consequences-of-edtpa/