Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 21 - 27, 2019

Though classrooms have not even opened for the fall semester in many parts of the country, activists are already posting victories -- often won with support from FairTest -- that will overhaul school testing policies.

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Colorado Controversial School Rating System to be Overhauled
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2019/08/21/these-30-people-will-help-reimagine-denvers-controversial-school-rating-system/

Florida New System Replaces Flawed Pre-K Center Assessment Formula
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-ne-pre-k-florida-new-tests-20190823-sbbuxojlc5dwnmzrczyd4lkrie-story.html

Georgia Test Cheating Scandal Devastated Neighborhood Schools and Students They Serve
https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/rebuilding-students-lives/mihXttbXlZ3nVKOFcHCdIK/

Idaho State Test is Not a Valid Measure of Educational Quality
https://www.idahopress.com/opinion/guest_opinions/guest-opinion-iri-not-valid-indicator-of-students-ability/article_c1eea976-63cf-564c-8ec6-33559ca25a63.html

Indiana Superintendents Call on State to Rethink Standardized Testing
https://www.jconline.com/story/news/opinion/letters/2019/08/20/superintendents-press-pause-indianas-ilearn-rethink-classroom-testing/2061142001/

Maine Student Test Scores No Longer Used to Evaluate Teachers
https://wgme.com/features/back-to-school/new-law-changing-way-maine-teachers-work-in-classroom

Massachusetts As Testing Overload Frustrates Families and Teachers, Alternatives Are Sought
https://www.telegram.com/news/20190824/as-testing-overload-frustrates-families-and-teachers-alternatives-being-sought

Mississippi Teachers Want End of State History Exam Requirement
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2019/aug/20/mississippi-may-nix-us-history-exam-schools-teache/

New York Unfounded Conclusions From Sub Par State Tests
http://nyceducator.com/2019/08/from-chalkbeat-unfounded-conclusions-on.html

North Carolina Legislatures Votes to Reduce Testing Requirements
https://www.wral.com/general-assembly-votes-to-cut-k-12-testing/18594068/

Ohio New Graduation Requirements Downplay Testing
https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190821/heres-primer------on-graduation-------requirements

South Carolina Don't Let Standardized Test Bubbles Control Our Classrooms
https://www.chronicle-independent.com/viewpoint/columns/column-let-teachers-teach/

Texas Most Schools Rated "D" or "F" Largely Serve Economically Disadvantaged Children
https://www.ktsa.com/texas-schools-with-more-student-poverty-got-the-most-ds-and-fs-in-state-ratings/

Utah Will State Test Yield Meaningful Results After Administrative Debacle?
https://www.ksl.com/article/46622925/will-utahs-statewide-tests-yield-accurate-meaningful-results-after-rise-debacle

University Admissions College Board Replacing SAT "Adversity Score"
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/08/27/us/ap-us-sat-adversity-score-.html

Worth Reading The Irony of Standardized Testing in the Context of Art Education
https://robinlithgow.com/2019/06/01/the-irony-of-standardized-testing-in-the-arts/

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