Assessment Reform News: November 2022

FairTest regrets to announce the death of George Rosenfeld, a long-term member of the organization’s Board of Directions. In addition to his effective work with FairTest, George was a much-honored leader of Odyssey House, the New York City addiction recovery organization, where he had been elected Board Chairman. George also served on the boards of the Village Center for Care and Little Red School House/Elizabeth Irwin High School. For many years, George taught history as part of the Bard Prison Initiative and was a popular writing instructor at the Urban Academy, a public high school at the forefront of the performance assessment movement. His sharp questions and clear insight will be deeply missed. 

National Why Midterms Are Important for Educators
https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/the-2022-midterms-why-educators-should-care-what-happens/2022/11
National Misplaced Focus on NAEP Fuels Test-Score Hysteria
https://www.ajc.com/education/get-schooled-blog/education-innovator-misplaced-focus-on-naep-fuels-test-score-hysteria/TL6FA32WLFDDNMDF36RX5ZKNDQ/

California State Tests Are Only a Snapshot of Student Performance
https://www.smdailyjournal.com/news/local/state-tests-only-a-snapshot/article_4f2e70be-5e7e-11ed-84f4-2f61d8aa389d.html

Indiana State Plans Significant Reduction in Number of Student Learning Standards
https://in.chalkbeat.org/2022/11/2/23437241/indiana-academic-standards-revamp-legislature-bill-essential-skills-knowledge

Kansas Social Worker Licensing Exam Under Review Due to Disparate Racial Impact
https://www.hppr.org/hppr-news/2022-11-10/a-social-work-licensing-exam-that-people-of-color-fail-more-often-is-under-scrutiny-in-kansas

Louisiana
 What Should School Accountability Be About?
https://www.livingstonparishnews.com/opinion/editorials/opinion-letter-to-the-editor-should-accountability-be-about-a-distribution-of-letter-grades-for/article_598355b2-5ee6-11ed-998a-1b54acd8b5d7.html

Maine What If Schools Ditched Standardized Testing?
https://www.pressherald.com/2022/11/06/letter-to-the-editor-what-if-maine-ditched-standardized-testing/

Maryland Teacher Certification Process Deters Minority Candidates From the Classroom
https://www.wmar2news.com/news/local-news/aspiring-teachers-discuss-the-difficulties-with-the-certification-process

Massachusetts 
Concerns Over Raising State Test Graduation Requirements
https://www.westernmassnews.com/2022/11/14/concerns-over-raising-mcas-requirements/

New Jersey Are Public Schools Administering Too Many Standardized Exams?
https://patch.com/new-jersey/tomsriver/student-testing-nj-too-much-or-not-enough

New Mexico Students Don’t Have “Learning Loss,” The Are Living In a Pandemic
https://sourcenm.com/2022/11/03/new-mexico-students-dont-have-learning-loss-theyre-living-in-a-pandemic/

New York Most NYC Middle Schools Will Admit by Lottery, Not Using Test and Grades Screens https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/26/nyregion/nyc-middle-schools-selective.html

Regents Debate Ditching High School Graduation Tests
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Should-they-be-denied-a-future-if-a-student-17583911.php

North Carolina Should Teacher Quality Data Include Non-academic Skills
https://www.ednc.org/should-teacher-quality-measures-consider-non-academic-skills-check-out-the-surprising-findings-from-a-new-study/

Oklahoma Teacher Shortage and Low Educator Pay Linked to Test Score Decline
https://www.kten.com/story/47668195/oklahoma-teacher-shortages-impact-on-student-test-scores

Pennsylvania 
New Governor Calls for “Doing Away with Our Reliance on Standardized Testing”
https://www.poconorecord.com/story/news/politics/elections/2022/11/05/josh-shapiro-talks-economy-education-in-poconos-stop/69617227007/

Tennessee School Leaders Seek Repeal of Third Grade Test Retention Law
https://www.wbir.com/article/news/education/knox-county-schools-leaders-to-ask-lawmakers-to-change-thrid-grade-retention-law-repeated-grades/51-485e4d38-574e-4848-9055-c1e114118f7a

Texas Another Lone Star State Test-Score “Miracle”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/10/30/new-miracle-texas-school-district/

Vermont Smarter Balanced Assessment Being Replaced as State Testing System
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/careersandeducation/vermont-students-to-take-new-standarized-test-in-the-spring/ar-AA13XihO

Virginia The Political Hysteria Over Low Test Scores
http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2022/nov/02/examining-hysteria-over-school-test-scores/

Worth Reading
 The Emphasis on Standardized Test Scores Is Incompatible with School Equity https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2022/11/04/standardized-test-scores-are-incompatible-with-your-schools-equity-plan

Rethinking Standardized Testing: Calling for Equity to Close the Achievement Gap https://www.newsweek.com/rethinking-standardized-testing-calling-equity-close-achievement-gap-1756995

Mandatory Civics Testing Did Not Drive Up Youth Voter Turnout
https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/elections-depend-on-young-voters-can-civics-tests-drive-up-their-turnout/2022/11

University Admissions Record 1,835 Schools Are ACT/SAT-Optional or Test-Blind/Score-Free for Fall 2023 Applicants
https://fairtest.org/record-1835-schools-are-test-optional-or-test-free-for-admissions/

Why High School Students Don’t Need the SAT Any More https://wordinblack.com/2022/11/why-high-school-students-dont-need-sat-anymore/

University Admissions Replacing LSAT with GRE May Further Undermine Law School Diversity
https://www.psu.edu/news/education/story/researchers-examine-impact-law-school-admissions-reform-diversity/

University Admissions Bar Association Moves Closer to Eliminating Law School Testing Requirement
https://www.reuters.com/legal/legalindustry/aba-moves-closer-ending-lsat-requirement-law-schools-2022-11-07/