Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 14 - 20, 2018

Defenders of test-and-punish policies who claim that assessment reform is limited to progressive coastal states should read this week's stories from places such as Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Utah. The push back against standardized exam overuse and misuse is truly an expanding nationwide movement.

Florida Testing Doesn't Effectively Measure Intelligence or Achievement
http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2018/02/14/opinion-testing-does...

Georgia State Senate Passes Bill for Pilot Program Ending High-Stakes Exams
http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/local/senate-passes-legislation-to-end-...

Illinois State Plans to Revamp K-12 Testing Again
http://www.galesburg.com/news/20180213/state-looking-to-alter-testing-fo...
Illinois Superintendents Weigh In on Proposed Testing Changes
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/superintendents-weigh-in-on-test-ch...

Indiana Top-Ranking School's Scores Voided for Testing Irregularities
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-sboe-gary...

Louisiana State Warns Charter School For Test Cheating
https://thelensnola.org/2018/02/16/singleton-charter-school-gets-officia...

Maryland PARCC Exams Are Wrong For Students
http://www.dbknews.com/2018/02/14/parcc-testing-hogan-pearson-education/

Michigan Dueling Options for Measuring School Performance
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/detroit/2018/02/13/state-education-offic...

Mississippi Bill to Eliminate Exit Exam Gains Support in State Capitol
http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/37509289/move-to-nix-exit-exams-gains-sup...

Missouri Consortia of Schools to Develop Alternative to MAP Test
http://www.lawrencecountyrecord.com/news/article_74e7c09e-11c6-11e8-aaf3...

New Jersey Debate About PARCC Accelerates as Governor Vows to Replace the Test
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/newark/articles/parcc-debate-in-newark-con...

New York Video of Testing Opt-Out Panel
https://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2018/02/must-see-testing-opt...
New York Local School Systems Call for End to High-Stakes Testing
http://www.whec.com/news/school-leaders-challenge-state-assessment/4795313/

Oklahoma Trying and Failing to Humanely Teach to the Test
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2018/02/trying_and_...

Oregon Kindergarten Readiness Exam Scores Depend on When Test Was Given
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/02/consider_when_tests_...

Utah Federal Law Waiver Sought to Avoid Punishing Schools with High Opt Out Rates
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900010415/utah-seeks-to-opt-out-of-e...

Virginia Legislative Forums Seek Input About State Testing Concerns
http://richmondmagazine.com/news/education/legislator-forums-parent-teac...

Worth Reading Cheating Scandals Fueled by Faulty Accountability Systems
http://seattlemedium.com/cheating-scandals-across-nation-fueled-faulty-a...