Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 7 - 12, 2022

As more 2021 test results are made public -- with predictable declines from COVID's impact -- a growing number of educational leaders are speaking out about the worthlessness of these scores.  At the same time, spring 2022 standardized exams are being administered with no evidence that their results will be any more helpful in improving learning and teaching.  Doing the same thing over and over despite a track-record of failure is the definition of insanity!

Florida Teacher Arrested, Accused of Playing Loud Music to Disrupt Exams
https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/florida-teacher-arrested-accused-of-playing-loud-music-to-disrupt-student-testing-police-say

Illinois Legislature Approves Too Young to Test Bill
https://guardianlv.com/2022/04/illinois-legislature-passes-too-young-to-test-act/

Maine Waivers, Assessment Changes Make Limit Value of Test Score Comparisons
https://www.themainewire.com/2022/03/waivers-assessment-changes-make-difficult-comparisons-of-education-outcomes-in-maine-during-pandemic/

Maryland Standardized Testing Is a Poor Measure of Learning, Especially in a Pandemic
https://dbknews.com/2022/04/04/standardized-testing-school-education-pandemic-learning/

Massachusetts iReady "Diagnostic" Add Up to More Harmful Testing
https://www.masslive.com/opinion/2022/04/it-adds-up-to-more-standardized-testing-commentary.html

Montana State Super: One-Size Federal Test Does Not Measure Student Learning or Teacher Quality
https://www.ktvh.com/news/montana-education-report-card-shows-test-scores-slip-after-covid-19-impact

New Hampshire Bill to Relax Home School Testing Hurdle Moves Through Legislature
https://newhampshirebulletin.com/2022/04/07/bill-to-reduce-home-school-testing-requirements-moves-through-senate/

New Jersey Sharp Drop in Test Participation Further Undermines Value of Annual Score Reports
https://nj1015.com/nj-school-report-cards-portray-plunging-participation-in-pandemic/

New York Opt Out Movement Pushes Back Against Testing as "Normal"
https://www.liherald.com/stories/state-testing-is-back-to-normal-but-not-everyone-is-on-board,139966
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North Carolina UNC System Extends ACT/SAT-Optional Policy for Two More Years
https://www.wfae.org/education/2022-04-07/unc-system-schools-wont-require-sat-or-act-for-admissions-through-fall-of-2024

Texas School Accountability Overhaul Needed
https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/premium/reform-needed-for-school-accountability-group-says/article_a5723b8a-b4e3-11ec-97a5-b7335b04eadf.html

University Admission The New Normal of ACT/SAT-Optional and Test-Blind/Score-Free Admission
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/college-admissions-test-sat-act-rcna23574

University Admission Paul Tough Rebuts Test-Promoters Claims About the Value of Requiring the ACT/SAT
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-real-crisis-in-college-admissions/ar-AAW2dMf?ocid=BingNewsSearch

Worth Reading After Four-Decades of Failure, Time to Abandon Standardized Test Driven Education
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/04/09/after-over-4-decades-failure-time-ban-high-stakes-standardized-testing-regime

Worth Reading The Harm Done by the Third-Grade Reading Testing Ultimatum
https://nancyebailey.com/2022/04/05/the-harm-caused-by-the-third-grade-reading-ultimatum

Bob Schaeffer, Executive Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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