Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 19 - 26, 2018

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Colorado Time to Overhaul School Accountability System
https://www.denverpost.com/2018/12/18/school-accountability-requires-ability-react-quickly/

Florida Teacher Seeks to Change Test-Score Based Bonus System
https://www.staugustine.com/news/20181222/local-middle-school-teacher-on-mission-to-change-controversial-state-teacher-bonus-program

Maine Demand Developmentally Appropriate Standards for State Testing
https://www.pressherald.com/2018/12/19/letter-to-the-editor-demand-fair-standardized-testing-of-maines-elementary-students/

Maryland State Tests Will Replace PARCC Exam
https://wtop.com/education/2018/12/maryland-moves-away-from-parcc-and-towards-new-state-exams/

New Mexico Legislation Introduced to Kill PARCC Testing
https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/senator-proposes-eliminating-parcc-testing/1667223782

North Carolina Controversial Pearson Teacher Licensing Test May Be Dropped
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article223260005.html

Ohio Details of Alternative Pathways to High School Graduation Test 
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-s-Graduation-Requirements/News/Two-additional-graduation-options-available-for-th

Oregon Too Young to Test Bill Filed
https://weacted.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/LC0957_DRAFT-Too-Young-to-Test.pdf

Pennsylvania New Rating System Shows Schools Are More Than a Score
https://papost.org/2018/12/18/the-rate-escape-pa-shifts-how-it-measures-schools-but-will-parents-buy-in/

Rhode Island State Tests Ignore Key Aspects of Learning
https://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20181224/letter-william-j-oehlkers-teach-students-about-world-not-just-math-english

Tennessee Scathing Audit Finds Massive Failure in State Computerized Testing System
https://www.newschannel5.com/news/tnready-audit-states-oversight-fell-short-of-expectations

Texas Standardized Testing Is a Poor Substitute for Educational Equity
http://shoot4education.com/category/8-voices/

Worth Reading  What Will it Take to Address the U.S. Over-Testing Culture?
https://www.educationworld.com/blog/what-will-it-take-address-over-testing-culture-us-schools

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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