Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 29 - May 5, 2020 -- Giving TuesdayNow Edition

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Florida State should Extend Deadline for New Teachers to Pass Certification Tests
https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2020/04/29/florida-should-extend-teacher-certification-testing-deadlines-column/

Georgia  Lens of High-Stakes Testing Distorts Educational Impact of Coronavirus
https://www.ajc.com/blog/get-schooled/opinion-only-through-lens-high-stakes-testing-virus-dire-education-crisis/NRiIN63CDIImf2ajVi1pOM/
Georgia State May Drop Controversial Teacher Licensing Test
https://www.educationdive.com/news/georgia-may-drop-controversial-teacher-licensing-test/577240/

Maryland Schools That Taught to the Test Are at Biggest Disadvantage During Shutdown
https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/opinion-lets-reconsider-how-we-do-high-school/

Massachusetts State Board Waives Testing Requirement for High School Graduation
https://www.wbur.org/edify/2020/04/28/mcas-graduation-requirement-waived
Massachusetts School Rating System Discriminates Against Systems Serving Low-Income and Minority Students
https://www.baystatebanner.com/2020/04/30/a-rating-system-tilted-against-hub-schools/
Massachusetts Crisis Shows How Easily Testing Barriers Can Be Dropped
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/02/opinion/it-takes-crisis-show-how-easily-mcas-barrier-could-be-dropped/

Mississippi Suspension of Teacher Testing Requirement Increase Diversity of Educator Candidates
https://hechingerreport.org/coronavirus-is-making-it-easier-to-become-a-teacher-in-a-state-with-severe-shortage-of-educators/

Nebraska State School Board Candidate Seeks to Rein In Standardized Testing
https://fremonttribune.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/goos-gubbels-competing-for-state-school-board/article_2626ca67-68a8-53a3-997f-e07b2eaf6948.html

New York Ed Leaders Push for Cancellation of test-Based Teacher Evaluation
https://www.newsday.com/news/health/coronavirus/teacher-evaluations-1.44207484
New York City May End Test-Based Screening for Selective Public Schools
https://nypost.com/2020/05/02/doe-could-end-screening-for-top-nyc-schools-after-coronavirus-pandemic/

North Carolina Questions About State's Selection of Testing Vendor
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article242404066.html
North Carolina Standardized Testing Does Not Measure Student Capability
https://www.independenttribune.com/opinion/letters/letter-standardized-testing-doesn-t-measure-student-capability/article_7ff469ae-8a57-11ea-95a5-231ebff8dd7f.html

Oklahoma Cancellation of End-of-Year Testing Allows Another Month for Learning, Albeit at a Distance
https://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/covid-19/the-frontier-oklahoma-schools-adjust-grade-expectations-in-era-of-distance-learning/article_4a1e592a-8bc4-11ea-ad0e-93b9c405055e.html
Oklahoma We Need to Find Better Ways to Assess
https://www.enidnews.com/opinion/letter-better-way-of-testing/article_15c584a1-4e07-5ea0-914c-fe789d518510.html

Pennsylvania Why We Should Do Away With Standardized Testing After Coronavirus Crisis Ends
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-coronavirus-education-reforms-clarke-mayher-20200429-7lt2b3rgszdc7fsmcfzxdr7vki-story.html
Pennsylvania Court Affirms Conviction of Principal in Test Cheating Scandal
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/principal-of-failing-high-school-deserves-conviction-in-pssa-test-cheating-scandal-pa-court.html

University Admissions Schools Adopting ACT/SAT Optional Policies Are Doing Just Fine
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/01/opinion/colleges-are-making-sat-act-optional-now-will-that-stick/
University Admissions College Counseling Group Issues Strong Statement About ACT/SAT Suspension
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/05/02/first-time-major-counseling-group-says-its-time-reconsider-standardized-testing-college-admissions/
University Admission New Book with FairTest Chapter: The Scandal of Standardized Tests
https://www.tcpress.com/the-scandal-of-standardized-tests-9780807763315

Worth Reading Distance Learning Assessment Encourages More Cheating and Intensified Student Surveillance
https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/5/4/21241062/schools-cheating-proctorio-artificial-intelligenc

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