Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 28 -March 6, 2018

With annual school exam season underway in several states, the opt-out movement is rapidly accelerating.  Here's a new FairTest guide to why you can boycott standardized tests without fear of federal penalties:
http://www.fairtest.org/why-you-can-boycott-testing-without-fear

California School Board Questions Bill Allowing ACT/SAT as State High School Test
https://www.easyreadernews.com/rbusd-wary-standardized-test-bi/

Delaware Students Deserve More Than a Label Determined by Test Scores
https://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/03/02/chr...

Florida 2018 Testing Season Opt-Out Guide
https://theoptoutfloridanetwork.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/opt-out-guide/

Indiana Test Based School Grades Are Unfair, Inaccurate
https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/opinion/our_opinion/our-opinion-pr...
Indiana What One Teacher Can Do About the Tests
https://sbloom2.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/what-can-one-teacher-do/

Kansas Standardized "Grit" Measurement As Problematic as Test Scores
http://news.ku.edu/2018/02/07/true-grit-study-examines-how-grit-measured...

Maine Proficiency-Based Education Is Failing Maine Students
http://www.themainewire.com/2018/03/proficiency-based-education-failing-...

Massachusetts Testing Frenzy Overtook My School, But I Resisted
https://lesstestingmorelearning.tumblr.com/post/170918741584/story-4-tea...

Mississippi Time to End State's Graduation Test Requirement
https://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/03/01/time-e...

Missouri Districts Seek Alternative to State Testing
http://www.maryvilledailyforum.com/gallery/article_0a20302a-1d74-11e8-bf...

New York State Will Not Punish Schools with High Opt-Out Rates
https://www.nysape.org/nysape-pr-schools-not-penalized-for-opt-outs.html
New York Redefining Assessment: Performance Standards Consortium Report
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rhDg-gsYCiLxqpUud0j_hmfNu6qcHwHH/view

North Carolina School Grades Show Poverty, Not Proficiency
http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20180304/abss-school-grades-show-povert...

Utah Governor Meets with Sec. DeVos Seeking Waiver to Protect Opt-Out Rights
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900011434/utah-leaders-meet-with-edu...

International United Kingdom Law Labeling 11-Year-Olds as "Failures" Damages Children
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/exclusive-why-law-for...

University Admissions Standardized Tests Shouldn't Be the Deciding Factor in College Admissions
http://www.westernherald.com/opinion/article_21d98b10-1ca4-11e8-91f9-432...

Worth Watching The Uncomfortable Truth About The Tests
https://vimeo.com/258365861/c7220c6999