Assessment Reform News: January 2023

As legislatures convene for their 2023 sessions, many states will be considering proposals to roll back high-stakes standardized exam misuses and advance better forms of assessment.  If you support testing reform, now is the time to weigh-in with your elected representatives and news media.


National 
Only Eight States Require Grad. Test Passage for 2023 High School Diplomas
https://fairtest.org/8093-2/

Alaska 
Stop Over-Testing and Under-Funding Public Schools
https://www.adn.com/opinions/2023/01/06/opinion-stop-over-testing-and-underfunding-alaskas-schools/

Florida 
State’s Education System Is Vastly Under-performing According to NAEP
https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2023/01/05/floridas-education-system-is-vastly-underperforming-column/

Indiana 
New Education Dashboard Shows Multiple Measures of Student Performance, Not Just Exam Scores
https://dailyjournal.net/2023/01/05/new-indiana-education-dashboard-offers-look-at-student-performance/

Massachusetts 
Families Explore Alternatives to State Testing System
https://www.abc6.com/massachusetts-families-explore-alternatives-of-mcas/

New York 
Commission Mulls Future of State’s High School Graduation Testing Requirement
https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2023/1/4/23539626/ny-regents-exams-graduation-requirements-high-school-diploma-state-education-commission

Ohio
 Friends of Public Education Supports End to Holding Kids Back Due to Reading Test Scores
https://www.neofpe.org/hb-497
Ohio Tests Are Incomplete, Unreliable Metric to Measure Effectiveness of Urban Schools
https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/2023/01/clevelands-promise-series-uses-observation-not-tests-to-define-schools-susan-kaeser.html

Tennessee 
Parents Seek Overhaul of Third Grade Test Retention Law
https://www.timesnews.net/news/education/parents-seek-amendment-of-third-grade-reading-level-law/article_bb6c1d32-8b9a-11ed-830f-57f315b60236.html
Tennessee Third Grade Reading Promotion Law is Misguided
https://tennesseelookout.com/2023/01/09/tennessees-third-grade-reading-assessment-law-is-misguided/

Texas 
Testing and Accountability System Overhaul Among Key Issues for Upcoming Legislative Session
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crossroads-lab/article270552177.html

International 
Major China’s Test-Prep Firm Re-positions After Govt. Crackdown on For-Profit Tutoring
https://www.scmp.com/tech/policy/article/3205867/chinas-best-known-test-prep-school-hopes-find-new-life-live-streaming-e-commerce-after-crackdown

University Admissions 
What Going ACT/SAT-Optional Means for High School Students
https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/a-college-admissions-expert-explains-what-going-test-optional-means-for-high-school-seniors/2023/01 
University Admissions U.S. News Tweaks Ranking Formula in Effort to Quell Law School Drop-Out Revolt
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2023/01/03/us-news-changes-law-school-rankings

Worth Reading Pandemic-Era Exam Score Shifts May Increase Inequality in Test-Based Gifted Program Selection
https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/typical-gifted-program-likely-become-even-less-equitable