Assessment Reform News: September 14-20, 2022

Standardized testing policies, particularly at the K-12 level, are generally developed by elected officials or their appointees. The seven weeks remaining before Election Day on November 8 should present many opportunities to press candidates to reveal their positions on critical assessment reform issues.  Do they support even more testing or a rollback of standardized exam overkill?  Where do they stand on eliminating high-stakes requirements such as graduation and grade promotion tests? Make sure they know your concerns by asking questions at campaign events, publishing letters-to-the-editor, and posting on social media. 

Worth Reading Interview with FairTest Executive Director Harry Feder

Standardized Tests Are Not the Only Meaningful Source of Data About Student Achievement

The Realities of Computerized Testing in Many Classrooms

Changes Proposed in ESEA Plan After Failure to Meet Previous Goals

Detroit Issues Many Exemptions From Third Grade Reading Promotion Law

New York
 Commission Appointed to Review High School Graduation Test Requirements

Ohio New School Report Cards Drop Misleading Letter Grades, Waive Sanctions

Will Waiving Standardized Testing Requirement Increase Number of Incoming Teachers

Don’t Believe False Claim That Most Public School Students Can’t Read
Tennessee Teacher’s Petition to Overturn Third Grade Test-Based Retention Law Gains Traction

Standardized Test Scores Are Not a Fair Measure of Public Schools
Virginia Court Seems Skeptical of Challenge to Selective High School’s Plan to End Reliance on Standardized Admission Test

University Admissions 
Cornell Extends ACT/SAT-Optional and Score-Free Policies Through Fall 2024
University Admissions Duke Graduate School Waives GRE Requirements for Most Programs

International Canada Like Invasive Weeds, Schools Already Have More Than Enough Standardized Testing