Assessment Reform News: January 2023

More cracks in the wall of political support for high-stakes, standardized test driven education with assessment reform initiatives advancing across the country often with FairTest and our allies in the lead.

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
The “Learning Loss” Trap

States Have Soured on High School Exit Exams: Here’s Why
National What to Know About Opting Out of Standardized Tests

Alaska Schools Struggle to Comply with New Third Grade Reading Test Retention Law

Stop Over-Testing and Under-Funding Public Schools

Alabama District Eliminates Tests Not Required by Feds or State

Ideological Accountability: State Ed. Sec. Wants Schools’ Grades Lowered if They Teach Critical Race Theory
New Governor Proposed End to State Education Funding Based on Test Scores

Arkansas Lottery Scholarship Awards Increasingly Go to White Students from Affluent Families Due to Test Score Cutoff
To Improve English-Learners’ School Outcomes, Change How We Assess Reading

Why Legislators Want to Repeal Social Studies Testing Mandate

Florida Test-Based Achievement Mirage
Florida High School Graduation Rate Drops as Exit Exam Requirement Re-established Post-COVID
Assessment “Overhaul” Means More Tests, Same High Stakes
Florida Legislative Report Analyzes Real Causes of Eighth Grade Score Plunge

State’s Education System Is Vastly Under-performing According to NAEP
Controversy Over Whether School Discouraged Likely Low Scorers From Taking State Tests

llinois Activists Push for Overhaul of State Assessment System Chicago Schools to Rely on Grades, Not Standardized Exam Scores, to Determine Promotion

New Education Dashboard Shows Multiple Measures of Student Performance, Not Just Exam Scores

Louisiana There’s More to Education Than Test Scores

State Testing Requirements Getting Fresh Look in Changing Landscape
Massachusetts Get Ready for Another Round of Debate About Standardized Exams

English Learners Forced to Take Selective School Admissions Test in English

Families Explore Alternatives to State Testing System

Michigan New Legislature Looks to Change Third Grade Retention, School Grading Laws
Proposal Would End Third-Grade Reading Test Promotion Hurdle

New Jersey Newark Changes Test Used for Selective High School Admission

New York 
Commission Mulls Future of State’s High School Graduation Testing Requirement
Graduation Rate for English Learners Surged When State Exit Exam Was Suspended
School Leaders Support Eliminating State Test Scores From Student Grades

 Friends of Public Education Supports End to Holding Kids Back Due to Reading Test Scores
Ohio Tests Are Incomplete, Unreliable Metric to Measure Effectiveness of Urban Schools

Tennessee New Bill Would Shift Control of Third-Grade Retention From State Test to District Judgements

School Leaders Criticize Third Grade Test-Based Retention Law
Tennessee Third Grade Retention Requirement Facing Broad Push Back

Parents Seek Overhaul of Third Grade Test Retention Law
Tennessee Third Grade Reading Promotion Law is Misguided

Testing Industry — For-Profit Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt Acquires NWEA Assessment Nonprofit to Integrate Tests with Curriculum (and Profits)

Testing and Accountability System Overhaul Among Key Issues for Upcoming Legislative Session

Redesigned State Tests Raise Concern Among Educators
 Bill Filed to Replace Current State Test

Major China’s Test-Prep Firm Re-positions After Govt. Crackdown on For-Profit Tutoring

Why It Is Hard to Compare Student Performance Between U.S. and Other Nations

Big Picture Learning Company’s Alternative Assessment Global Credential

University Admissions 
What Going ACT/SAT-Optional Means for High School Students 
University Admissions U.S. News Tweaks Ranking Formula in Effort to Quell Law School Drop-Out Revolt

NCAA Division I Moves to Eliminate ACT/SAT Requirement for Student Athletic Eligibility

Harvard Medical School Opts Out of U.S. News Rankings Joining Leading Law Schools

University Admissions Removing MCAT Requirement Could Improve Physician Diversity
ACT and SAT Are Less Important Than Many Think
University Admissions Major Medical Schools “Revolt” Against U.S. News Rankings

Virginia Proposal Would Require High School Students to Pass Citizenship Test to Graduate

Worth Reading Testing and the War on Teachers

What Motivates Students to Learn — Not a Single Favorable Word About Standardized Tests
Pandemic-Era Exam Score Shifts May Increase Inequality in Test-Based Gifted Program Selection

Please Stop Talking About So-Called “Learning Loss” 
Worth Reading Is “Summer Learning Loss” Real, and Is It Greater for Low-Income Students?
Worth Reading Testing Industry Mergers Increase Taxpayer Cost for Inferior Products

Wyoming State Senate Advances Bill to Require All High School Students to Pass Citizenship Test