Assessment Reform News: September 7-13, 2022

Harry Feder, FairTest’s new Executive Director, explains the organization’s expanded initiative promoting assessments that support equity and excellence, concluding: “If the pandemic taught us anything, it is that kids need school for a whole host of intellectual and social reasons. Standardized testing is not one of them.” 

https://fairtest.org/assessment-for-equity-and-excellence/
National 
One-Size-Fits-All Metrics for Evaluating Schools Must Go
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/09/09/schools-accountability-faulty-metrics/

Florida 
Teachers Helped Students Cheat on Exams to Earn Bonus Payments
https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-pasco-teachers-arrested-testing-184800132.html
Georgia Test-Score Requirements Waived for 2023 High School Grads at Most Public Campuses
https://thecurrentga.org/2022/09/09/university-system-waiving-standardized-test-scores-for-admission-to-most-campuses/

Iowa 
Even Test Scores Show Students Catching Up Post-Pandemic
https://www.telegraphherald.com/news/tri-state/article_0f37a3f1-8cfb-5044-8e2e-0b8a9c8ea304.html

Massachusetts 
Students Need Help with Pandemic Recovery, Not Higher Test Score Requirements
https://www.eagletribune.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-students-need-help-with-pandemic-recovery-not-higher-test-scores/article_546a2a52-311d-11ed-93cc-d3bd1e424b1a.html

Michigan 
African American and Low-Income Students Much More Likely to Face Test-Based Grade Retention
https://www.interlochenpublicradio.org/2022-09-04/report-more-michigan-3rd-graders-at-risk-of-being-held-back-for-poor-reading-test-scores

North Carolina 
Test Scores Improve as Students Return to In-Person Learning (Duh!)
https://jocoreport.com/test-scores-improve-as-students-return-to-in-person-classes/

Oklahoma 
Weaponizing Standardized Exams By Blaming Dr. Fauchi for Pandemic Score Decline
https://www.newshounds.us/ok_education_secy_scapegoats_dr_fauci_for_lower_student_test_scores_090422

Tennessee 
64% of Third Graders Could Be Retained Under New State Reading Promotion Test Law
https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2022/sep/08/state-senator-discusses-third-grade-retention-tfp

University Admissions
 Notre Dame to Remain ACT/SAT-Optional for Admissions, Financial Aid Through 2024
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2022/09/07/university-of-notre-dame-to-extend-test-optional-admissions-through-2024
University Admissions U.S. News Stops Punishing ACT/SAT-Optional and Test-Blind/Score-Free Schools, but Rankings Are Still a Scam
https://www.highereddive.com/news/us-news-rankings-dont-ding-colleges-for-lacking-sat-and-act-data-in-nod/631676/
Worth Reading For Children to Recover From Pandemic Requires More Than Boosting Test Scores
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/07/opinion/school-covid-learning-loss.html

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education DirectorFairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testingweb:      http://www.fairtest.org