Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 4 - 10, 2018

For nearly two decades, proponents of test-and-punish policies have claimed that their strategies would lead to gains in overall academic performance and a narrowing of historic score gaps. But according to National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores released today, no such trend has taken place. In fact, data support the opposite conclusion: NAEP score gains and achievement gap closing both have stagnated during the era that began with signing of the No Child Left Behind law in 2002. SAT and ACT results show a similar pattern. No wonder the assessment reform movement is accelerating around the country!

National Better Ways to Assess Students Than High-Stakes Standardized Tests
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/04/03/there-are-better-ways-to-assess-students-than-with-high-stakes-standardized-tests-these-schools-are-using-them-with-success/

National Little Progress on Test as Large Racial Gaps Persist
https://chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/04/10/national-naep-2017-scores/

Alaska Teacher of the Year Says Tests Don't Measure What Is Most Important
https://www.adn.com/opinions/2018/04/03/alaska-teacher-of-the-year-our-public-education-system-isnt-broken/

California Will State Continue to Fight Feds on ESSA Compliance Plan?
https://edsource.org/2018/to-compromise-or-not-state-education-board-to-vote-on-californias-amended-plan-for-meeting-federal-law/595838

Florida State End-of-Course Test Scores Treated Differently Among Districts
http://www.tbo.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/04/06/gradebook-podcast-how-much-is-a-florida-students-end-of-course-exam-really-worth/
Florida is "Testapalooza" in Public Schools
https://www.facebook.com/nadia.zananiri/videos/10156178011139631/UzpfSTI2MTgyNzIwNzI4NjY0ODoxMjExNzIyMjQ1NjMwNDY4/

Illinois Town Hall to Address Standardized Testing Concerns
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2018/04/03/downers-grove-town-hall-to-address-standardized-testing-concerns/ath0kf8/

Iowa Will "Buying Local" for Testing Improve Assessment Quality
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/can-buying-local-for-k-12-testing-improve-assessment-standards/education

Massachusetts New Book "A Perfect Score" Focuses on Tyranny of Testing
http://www.atholdailynews.com/Children-s-book-of-the-month-16620118
Massachusetts Test-Prep Pressures Allow Kindergartners Little Time for Free Play, Recess or Lunch
https://www.deyproject.org/uploads/1/5/5/7/15571834/ma_kindergartens_final.pdf

Minnesota Labeling Students Who Opt Out as Not Proficient Could Hurt Schools
https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/education/4426699-minn-state-testing-change-could-hurt-poor-schools
Minnesota Opting Out of High School Tests Won't Hurt College Admissions Chances
https://www.hometownsource.com/elk_river_star_news/opinion/columnists/opting-out-of-mcas-doesn-t-impact-admissions/article_1cddaab6-3454-11e8-b614-7b768c9fe72a.html

Mississippi Policy Makers Should Pay Attention to Testing Report
http://www.djournal.com/opinion/editorials/our-opinion-testing-report-deserves-review-from-leaders/article_d5a6bfa7-1ed1-5013-b41b-7d8ae06edaad.html

New Jersey The Future of State School Testing Policy
http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/news/education/article_cb0f83be-380c-11e8-89fb-9f7259385ecf.html

New Mexico Teaching Beyond the Test
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/books/teaching-beyond-the-test-diane-ravitch-jesse-hagopian/article_914452f4-3929-11e8-84db-cfa6c73cb58b.html

New York Stop Misinformation, Intimidation About Test Refusals
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-misinformation-on-test-refusals
New York Local Teachers Association Urges Parents to Opt Their Children Out of Standardized Testing
https://dianeravitch.net/2018/04/03/freeport-teacher-association-urges-parents-to-opt-out-their-children-out-of-testing/
New York High-Stakes Testing Has Emotional Consequences
https://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/04/04/high-stakes-testing-has-emotional-consequences-too/486105002/

Ohio Computers Mis-Grade 5,300 Exams After Programming Error
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/04/computers_mis-grade_5300_state.html
Ohio Testing Madness is Third Grade Soul Theft
http://badassteachers.blogspot.com/2018/04/stop-3rd-grade-soul-theft-by-jackie.html
Ohio State Ed Plan May Move Away From Testing Focus
https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/state-considers-new-year-education-plan-that-shifts-away-from-tests/hOuC0RuIa8QVBkj5BWoroM/

Oklahoma Teacher Walkout Delays State Testing
http://www.knssradio.com/articles/oklahoma-schools-delay-testing-linked-federal-funding

Pennsylvania Every Teacher Should Support Test Opt Outs
https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/every-public-school-teacher-should-support-opting-out-of-standardized-tests/
Pennsylvania Proposal Would Create Options to Future Exit Exam Requirement
https://www.psba.org/2018/04/capitolwire-new-proposal-seeks-to-further-chip-away-at-keystone-exam-graduation-requirement-offer-multiple-graduation-options/

Tennessee Bill Advances to Reduce Impact of Test Scores on Student Grades
http://www.hartsvillevidette.com/schools/proposal-lower-impact-tnready-student-grades/
Tennessee State Eliminates Two High School Tests
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2018/04/09/tennessee-drops-two-high-school-tnready-tests-reduce-burden-teachers-and-students/498265002/
 
Texas STAAR Reading Test is Cruel and Unusual Punishment
https://www.tribtalk.org/2018/04/06/the-staar-reading-test-cruel-and-unusual-punishment/

Vermont Communities Divided Around Proficiency-Based Learning, Assessment
https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/08/communities-divided-proficiency-based-learning/

International Australian Teachers Seek Comprehensive Review of Testing Policies
https://www.theage.com.au/national/act/act-teachers-call-for-naplan-review-20180404-p4z7q3.html?

University Law Schools Debate Eliminating Admissions Testing Requirement
https://www.law.com/2018/04/09/aba-considers-tossing-lsat-requirement-and-disagreement-ensues/

Worth Reading Despite Progress, High-Stakes Testing Charade Continues
http://neatoday.org/2018/04/04/daniel-koretz-testing-charade/

Worth Listening What Counts in Education Research Interview with Jesse Rothstein
http://haveyouheardblog.com/the-data-boyz-what-counts-in-education-research/