Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 9 -15, 2019

2019 is already proving to be a huge year for assessment reform -- just check out this week's stories from 15 states and the world of college admissions about initiatives to roll back standardized testing misuse and overuse.  There's much more to come -- make sure your friends and allies receive this regular updates by encouraging them to sign up at: http://www.fairtest.org/weekly-news-signup

California Testing a Major Issue for Striking Los Angeles Teachers
https://www.utla.net/campaigns-issues/issues/overtesting

Florida What's Wrong With School Grades Based on High-Stakes Testing
https://unitedforflchildren.com/research/high-stakes-testing/school-grades/

Louisiana Grade Retention Leads to Increased Crime Rate
https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2019/01/03/uncommon-knowledge-test-tak...

Maine School Moves Away From Proficiency Based Grading
https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/01/09/south-portland-to-drop-controver...

Michigan Assigning A-to-F School Grades Won't Improve Educational Quality
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2019/01/08/looming-changes-won...

New Jersey Court Decision to Strike Down Exit Exam Is Chance to Rethink Testing
https://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2019/01/nj-court-strikes-down-graduat...
New Jersey Tests Not Needed to Show Inner Students Are Being Cheated
https://nepc.colorado.edu/blog/kids-disadvantaged

New Mexico Teachers Praise Governor's Decision to Drop PARCC Exam
http://www.governing.com/topics/education/tns-new-mexico-parcc-grisham.html
New Mexico Dropping PARCC Test Looks Like Step in Right Direction for Education
https://www.abqjournal.com/1266925/yes-nm-education-might-finally-be-hea...

New York How Test-and-Punish Policies Have Failed
https://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/the-missing-piecesof-the-aquino-report/Content?oid=9294862

New York Debate Over Opt Out Sanctions Erupts at State Board of Regents Meeting
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/opt-outs-schools-board-of-...

Ohio Test Scores Do Not Measure What Students Learn or Tell Us Anything About the Quality of Education
http://www.akron.com/editions/Akron-Ohio-News-2019-January-10/Fairlawn_m...

Oklahoma Third Grade Leading Test Leads to Near Record for Damaging Retention
https://nondoc.com/2019/01/15/ok-nearly-tops-nation-in-holding-back-earl...

Oregon "Too Young to Test" Bill Filed in Legislature
https://www.eugeneweekly.com/2019/01/10/can-children-be-too-young-to-test/

Tennessee Investigation Faults Both State and Vendor for Computer Testing Disruptions
https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/tennessee-report-faults-...

Texas Assessment Reformers Set 2019 Legislative Priorities
http://www.tamsatx.org/legislature/priorities

Utah Closing Schools for Low Test Scores Seems Childish
https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/01/13/tribune-editorial-close/

Vermont Data Problems Indefinitely Delay Release of School Test Scores
https://vtdigger.org/2019/01/13/problems-data-collection-system-delay-re...

University Admission Do Testing Companies Ignore Due Process?
https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2019/01/14/lawsuit-aga...
University Admissions ACT and SAT Favor Wealthier Students in College Admissions
https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article224538095.html
University Admissions The SAT Reaches New Frontiers in Pointlessness
https://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/01/sat-new-frontiers-in-pointle...

International United Kingdom Teachers and Parents Say Testing Fixation Is Narrowing Curriculum
https://www.tes.com/news/exclusive-teacher-unhappiness-exams-tighten-the...

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