Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 7 - 13, 2019

It may feel like mid-summer, but public schools are already opening in many states this week.  As students and educators return to classrooms, debates around standardized testing are heating up.  Activists are planning to win many more assessment reform victories in  the 2019-2020 academic year.

Colorado Test-Score Fixation Makes It Hard to Promote Better Teaching Practices
https://chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2019/08/12/in-a-postmortem-leaders-of-denvers-imaginarium-say-test-scores-bureaucracy-are-stifling-innovation/


Florida Key Factors Not Included in State's School Grading System
https://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20190809/megan-hendricks-making-sense-of-school-grades
Florida 1,000 Jobs Saved by New Law Extending Time to Pass Licensing Exams
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/over-1-000-florida-teacher-jobs-saved-by-legislation-inspired-by-an-i-team-investigation

Georgia Common Core Curriculum Failed to Boost Test Scores
https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/opinion/letter-milestones-scores-show-its-time-to-repeal-common-core/

Illinois New Law Ends Requirement for Teachers to Pass Basic Skills Exam
https://wrex.com/category/2019/08/08/new-illinois-law-eliminates-need-for-teachers-to-pass-test-of-basic-skills/

Maryland End Test-Based Tracking in Elementary School
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nataliewexler/2019/08/10/to-end-high-school-trackingwe-need-to-end-tracking-in-elementary-school/#5a8a958d49a8

Michigan State Will Maintain Two Separate Accountability Systems
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/education/2019/08/01/michigan-have-two-separate-accountability-systems-schools/1889503001/

Nebraska State Board Member Wants to End Test-Based School Labels
https://journalstar.com/news/local/education/nebraska-state-board-member-wants-to-quit-shaming-schools-with/article_d29970b5-2b55-509d-b7de-1c1fd7fed406.html

New Hampshire Measuring Competency Based Assessments
https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/taking-measure-of-a-new-model-competency-based-education/article_afdd2089-18a4-5f0b-b88c-f2635bde9bcc.html

New York Commission on Testing Will Examine Graduation Requirement
https://www.chronicle-express.com/news/20190808/regents-requirements-to-be-looked-at

North Carolina Focus on Opportunity Gap, Not "Achievement Gap" to Improve Educational Equity
https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/08/12/asheville-city-schools-shifts-achievement-gap-focus-opportunity-gap/1969070001/

Ohio Teacher Leader Pushes to Reduce Standardized Testing
https://www.hometownstations.com/news/oea-president-pushes-to-reduce-the-amount-of-ohio-standardize/article_38742626-b980-11e9-b2f1-43cc7812d529.html

Oklahoma Test Score Shaming Schools Rewards Wealthy Communities
https://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/letters/letter-to-the-editor-reporting-approach-is-test-score-shaming/article_ad844483-910c-5b59-b5ba-06973ba0eb21.html

Virginia New Testing Rules and Standards Change Meaning of Scores
https://wset.com/news/local/new-testing-rules-and-standards-impact-sol-results

University Admissions Record Number of Schools Drop ACT/SAT Requirements
https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2019/08/12/record-year-colleges-going-test-optional
University Admissions Updated List of 1,045 Test-Optional Colleges and Universities
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

Worth Reading Time to Get Off the Testing Train
https://www.rethinkingschools.org/articles/time-to-get-off-the-testing-train
Worth Reading Tear Down Those Test Data Walls
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-09-07-tear-down-that-wall-why-data-walls-may-cause-more-harm-than-good

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