Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 5 - 11, 2018

With every passing week, the grassroots movement organizing to replace standardized testing overkill with better forms of assessment grows stronger and spreads to more parts of the nation.  Check out these stories about local actions from Maine to California, with lots of states in between.

California New School Data Dashboard Is More User Friendly
https://edsource.org/2018/new-friendlier-look-coming-for-californias-school-dashboard/601950

Connecticut Feds Hesitate to Approve SAT as High School Achievement Test
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/high_school_and_beyond/2018/09/sat_stumbles_in_getting_federal_approval_as_high_school_achievement_test.html

Florida New Fallout Over High Teacher Test Failure Rate
https://www.wptv.com/news/local-news/investigations/new-fallout-over-fl-teacher-test-failures-demand-for-answers-fuels-absurd-comments-local-action

Georgia Even if Teachers Give 110%, Can 100% of Students Succeed
https://www.myajc.com/blog/get-schooled/even-teachers-give-110-percent-can-100-percent-kids-succeed/8viCg3Tk5N5DwAmN1sMUjI/

Indiana Damages Sought From Pearson for Test-Score Delay
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/schools/20180906/damages-sought-for-istep-delay

Kentucky New School Accountability System Uses Multiple Indicators, Not Just Test Scores
https://insiderlouisville.com/education/commentary-new-system-means-big-changes-to-kentuckys-school-accountability-measures/

Maine The Right School Culture, Not Academic Proficiency, Best Prepares Students for Life Success
https://www.pressherald.com/2018/09/05/maine-voices-the-right-school-culture-not-academic-proficiency-best-prepares-students-for-life/

Maryland Debate Continues on How to Replace PARCC Tests
https://wtop.com/maryland/2018/09/maryland-wants-to-see-end-of-parcc-tests-but-whats-next/

New Jersey PARCC Testing Defanged
https://www.app.com/story/opinion/editorials/2018/09/07/parcc-testing-nj-elimination/1221798002/
New Jersey PARCC Reforms Prioritize Learning, Not Testing
https://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/09/teachers_union_president_its_about_time_parcc_is_f.html

New Mexico School Accountability Must Start at the Top with Policy Makers
https://www.abqjournal.com/1218858/school-accountability-must-start-at-the-top.html

New York Board of Regents Should Eliminate Opt-Out Punishments
https://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/perspective/2018/09/07/ny-board-regents-opt-out-punishment/1205708002/
New York State Ed Department Under Fire for Embargoing Test Scores
https://nypost.com/2018/09/08/state-education-department-under-fire-for-embargoing-test-scores/

North Carolina State Superintendent Wants Less Testing in Public Schools
https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/education/state-superintendent-wants-less-testing-in-nc-schools/275-590849052
North Carolina School Grading System Gets "A" for Identifying Socio-Economics, but "F" for Improving Achievement
https://www.salisburypost.com/2018/09/09/editorial-making-the-grade-in-north-carolina/

Tennessee Testing Mess Produces Three Different Lists of "Troubled" Schools
https://chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2018/09/05/one-state-three-lists-of-troubled-schools-another-consequence-of-tennessees-testing-mess/
Tennessee Educators Share Frustrations About State's Testing Problems
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2018/09/04/middle-tennessee-educators-tnready-bill-haslam/1193022002/

West Virginia State Failed to Test Alignment of SAT to Science Standards
https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/education/wv-hasn-t-externally-tested-sat-s-alignment-to-state/article_936c2cd4-7ccf-506a-8a90-cc8c0454ba1e.html

University Admissions College Board, ETS Sued Over Recycled SAT Test
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/09/06/college-board-sued-over-allegedly-recycled-sat-test-questions
University Admission Texas Higher Ed System Drops GRE Test Requirement for Education Masters Program
http://www.theshorthorn.com/news/college-master-s-program-drops-gre-requirement/article_3183c25c-aa24-11e8-b3a3-c3221960f2a5.html

Worth Reading Assessment for Deeper Learning
https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/next_gen_learning/2018/09/assessment_for_deeper_learning_reclaiming_the_power_of_assessment.html
Worth Reading Is It Time for the American Approach to Assessment to Change?
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/09/05/is-it-time-for-the-american-approach.html