Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 5 - 11, 2020

The debate over whether students, teachers, and schools should face annual testing mandates -- if classrooms reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic -- is escalating.  At both the federal and state levels, policymakers need to hear from their constituents -- particularly public education stakeholders -- about the need to continue standardized exam waivers for at least another year.  Colleges and graduate schools continue to provide practical models of how to make high-stakes educational decisions without relying on test scores.

National The Misguided Push to Reintroduce Student Testing During a Pandemic
https://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/newsletter-testing-covid-080620

National Don't Rush to "Diagnose" Learning Loss with Standardized Exams
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/08/06/dont-rush-to-diagnose-learning-loss-with.html

National Educators "National Day of Action" Includes Demand to Cancel Annual Student Testing
https://pagosadailypost.com/2020/08/05/teachers-rally-on-national-day-of-action-as-school-reopening-debate-continues/

Arkansas Teachers Association Seeks Suspension of 2020-2021 Annual Tests
https://www.ktlo.com/2020/08/04/aea-asks-for-suspension-of-standardized-testing-in-upcoming-school-year/

California To Test or Not to Test -- Should Returning Students Face Standardized Exams?
http://laschoolreport.com/to-test-or-not-to-test-students-missed-a-lot-of-learning-this-spring-but-experts-disagree-on-how-or-even-whether-to-measure-covid-slide/

California How Should Student Success Be Defined in the 2020-2021 School Year?
https://calmatters.org/commentary/my-turn/2020/08/how-should-california-define-student-success-in-2020/

Indiana Pandemic Prompts Review of Testing Requirements
https://wsbt.com/news/operation-education/operation-education-looking-at-the-future-of-standardized-testing-in-indiana-schools

Massachusetts Legislative Hearing Considers Bill Extending Standardized Exam Moratorium by Four Years
https://www.lowellsun.com/2020/08/10/lawmakers-hear-bill-that-would-suspend-mcas-testing-for-four-years/

New York  Assessing College Readiness Through Authentic High School Work
https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/assessing-college-readiness-authentic-student-work-report?utm

North Carolina Without Federal Waiver, Students in Virtual Classes May Be Forced to Attend School for Standardized Testing
https://greensboro.com/news/local_news/even-n-c-students-in-virtual-classes-may-have-to-come-to-school-for-standardized/article_702a97b9-87e9-5f59-a464-5d04cc4ac509.html

Pennsylvania Education Groups Seek Testing Suspension
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/covid-19/2020/08/education-groups-seek-legislative-action/

Tennessee School Board Resolution Asks State to Cancel Annual Testing
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/franklin/2020/08/11/franklin-special-board-asks-state-halt-tnready-2020-21/3341208001/

Texas Student Questions Value of State Standardized Testing
https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/san-antonio/news/2020/07/31/texas-high-school-student-speaks-on-staar-testing

Virginia State Waives Accreditation Requirements for Two Years Due to Testing Suspension
https://martinsvillebulletin.com/news/local/education/virginia-waives-accreditation-ratings-for-2021-22-school-year/article_7fcf74ef-4224-5966-b99b-572c0affb21f.html

University Admission 400+ Colleges and Universities Affirm ACT/SAT "Optional Means Optional"
https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/newsroom/test-optional-means-test-optional/

University Should MBA Programs Make the GMAT and GRE Optional
https://poetsandquants.com/2020/08/05/should-mba-programs-make-the-gmat-gre-optional/

University Admissions Physicians Call for Waiving Medical College Entrance Test
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/935352

Worth Reading States' School Aid Budget Cuts Reduced Test Scores, Especially for Low-Income and Minority Students
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2020/08/budget_cuts_during_the_last_re.html

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