Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 9 - 15, 2015

It's still very early in the 2015-2016 school year, but the rapidly growing assessment reform movement is already winning more victories, pressuring policymakers in a number of states to cut back testing overkill and high-stakes consequences.

California 40,000 Could Get Retroactive High School Diplomas Under Grad Test Suspension Bill Sent to Governor
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/40-000-could-get-their-high-schoo...
California Gaps Between Ethnic Groups Widen on New Common Core Tests
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-achievement-gaps-widen-20150...
California Standardized Tests Don't Help Us Evaluate Teachers Accurately or Fairly
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0910-kwalwasser-standardized-...

Colorado State Board Approves Graduation Testing Flexibility
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/09/09/state-board-finally-gives-approval-to...
Colorado Students Get One Year Pass on Social Studies Exam Requirement
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/09/10/high-school-students-get-one-year-pas...
Colorado "Pay for Performance" Won't Work in the Classroom
http://www.reporterherald.com/opinion/letters/ci_28799579/letter-pay-per...

Florida Schools Struggle Over How to Use Flawed Test Results
http://www.tbo.com/news/education/state-school-district-puzzle-over-how-...
Florida Superintendents Fear Unfair School Grades Based on Disrupted Testing
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-school-grades-flori...
Florida Parents Fight Remediation Amidst Ongoing Testing Debate
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/florida/2015/09/8576742/parents-fi...

Georgia State Tweaks Teacher Grading System But Reliance on Standardized Tests Remains
http://onlineathens.com/mobile/2015-09-11/state-tweaks-teacher-grading-s...

Illinois Advocates Want More Opt-Out Data, Fewer Threats from State
http://catalyst-chicago.org/2015/09/opt-out-advocates-want-new-stance-fr...
Illinois Chicago Schools Consider End to Test-Based Grade Retention
http://catalyst-chicago.org/2015/09/cps-weighs-an-end-to-student-retention/

Indiana Lawmakers Look for Much Shorter State Test
http://www.wthr.com/story/29985528/lawmakers-look-for-replacement-for-le...
Indiana Education Officials Warn Against Purely Multiple-Choice Tests
http://wbaa.org/post/education-officials-warn-against-purely-multiple-ch...
Indiana School Grades Based on a Faulty Premise
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/columns/One-grade-insufficient-to-...

Louisiana Lawsuit Exposes Secret Manipulation of End-of-Course Exam Passing Scores
http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/2015/09/louisianas-phony-graduatio...

Maine New Common Core Test Results Reveal Little
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/09/11/new-standardized-test-results-for-...
Maine  What Good Are Scores From the State's New Online Tests When Many Schools Had High Opt-Outs
http://bangordailynews.com/2015/09/13/news/state/maine-education-officia...

Maryland Sign On Letter to State Testing Review Commission
http://educationalchemy.com/2015/09/09/a-letter-for-the-maryland-testing...
Maryland One of Nation's Largest Districts Ditches High School Final Exams
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/one-of-nations-largest-sch...

Massachusetts Debate Over PARCC Tests Continues Into New School Year
http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/29990214/new-school-year-continues-deba...

Minnesota Some Educators Have Serious Problems With State Assessment System
http://www.minnpost.com/learning-curve/2015/09/why-some-educators-have-s...

New Jersey State Delays Exit Exam Mandate at Least Until 2020, Reduces Some Other Test Requirements
http://www.northjersey.com/news/some-n-j-high-school-juniors-will-be-abl...

New Mexico Albuquerque Schools Propose "Standardized" Opt-Out Kit to Inform Parents
http://www.abqjournal.com/643055/news/aps-proposes-kit-to-opt-out-of-tes...

New York Schools "Opt In" to Performance Assessment as Alternative To Standardized Exams
http://www.thenation.com/article/these-new-york-schools-arent-just-letti...
New York Flawed Tests Should Not be Administered
http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150908/OPINION/150909438/-1/ENTERT...

North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Supports Slight Reduction in Testing Volume
http://www.inforum.com/news/3838647-baesler-supports-fewer-tests-student...

Oklahoma Former Tulsa Super Says Over-Testing Undermines Education
http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/readersforum/keith-ballard-overtesting...

Oregon Initial Opt-Out Rate Reports Encourage Local Assessment Reform Organizers
http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20150910/news-briefs/4j-opt-out-rate-hearten...

Pennsylvania Standardized Exams Are Failing Our Students
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150909_Standardized_testing_is_fa...

Tennessee Task Force Recommends Less Testing, More Transparency
http://www.chattanoogan.com/2015/9/15/308261/Tennessee-Task-Force-On-Stu...

Washington Seattle Parents Support Teacher Strike Over Testing, Recess, Pay
http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/09/08/22830115/guest-editoria...
Washington The Education of Teacher Leader Jesse Hagopian
http://www.progressive.org/news/2015/09/188303/education-jesse-hagopian

Wisconsin State Picks Former Top Republican Lawmaker's Company to Develop New Test
http://lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/state-picks-former-re...

Multiple States Competition Among Test Vendors Reshapes Industry
http://www.districtadministration.com/article/competition-among-assessme...
Multiple States PARCC Set Cut Scores for its Tests But Refused to Disclose Them Until Pressured
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2015/09/parcc_sets_cut_scores_...

National Merit Cut-Off Scores Guarantee Most Scholarships Go to Affluent Families
http://fairtest.org/class-2016-national-merit-scholarship-cutoff-score