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.”
One-Size-Fits-All Metrics for Evaluating Schools Must Go

Teachers Helped Students Cheat on Exams to Earn Bonus Payments
Georgia Test-Score Requirements Waived for 2023 High School Grads at Most Public Campuses

Even Test Scores Show Students Catching Up Post-Pandemic

Students Need Help with Pandemic Recovery, Not Higher Test Score Requirements

African American and Low-Income Students Much More Likely to Face Test-Based Grade Retention

North Carolina 
Test Scores Improve as Students Return to In-Person Learning (Duh!)

Weaponizing Standardized Exams By Blaming Dr. Fauchi for Pandemic Score Decline

64% of Third Graders Could Be Retained Under New State Reading Promotion Test Law

University Admissions
 Notre Dame to Remain ACT/SAT-Optional for Admissions, Financial Aid Through 2024
University Admissions U.S. News Stops Punishing ACT/SAT-Optional and Test-Blind/Score-Free Schools, but Rankings Are Still a Scam
Worth Reading For Children to Recover From Pandemic Requires More Than Boosting Test Scores

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education DirectorFairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testingweb: