Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 31 - August 6, 2019

Big news this week: New York State, whose "Regents Exams" are often cited as a model for other state assessment programs, is rethinking its graduation test requrement.  With increasing grassroots pressure from parents, students, educators and community activists during the new school year, even more jurisdictions will roll back standardized exam misuse and overuse.

California Why IQ Tests Are Banned for Black Children Across the State
https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/338884/from-iq-tests-to-eugenics.html

Delaware Looking for Better Ways to Measure Student Achievement
https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/state-lawmakers-education-advocates-react-student-test-scores

Georgia Assessing the Root Causes of the Atlanta Test-Cheating Scandal
http://www.atlantaloop.com/none-of-the-above-are-there-no-good-answers/

Kansas Test Scores Strongly Correlate with Family Income
https://www.hayspost.com/2019/08/04/tallman-impact-of-student-and-family-income-on-student-success/

Louisiana State Manipulates Test Score Reports to Show "Growth"
http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/2019/07/2019-leap-and-eoc-conversion-tables.html

Massachusetts Boston Charter Study Shows Limits of Test Scores
https://www.educationnext.org/boston-charter-study-tells-story-limits-test-scores/

New York Rethinking Regents Testing Requirement
https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2019/08/rethinking-regents-exams/
New York Times to End Exit Exam
https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Time-to-end-requirement-for-Regents-testing-14277432.php

Pennsylvania Why Standardized Testing Should Be De-emphasized
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/readers-react/mc-opi-let-kearney-standardized-testing-20190801-hgdmcxxri5ew3pf62b5kzeh63u-story.html

Texas When Will We See Students as More Than Test Scores
https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/opinion/2019/08/02/questions-america-school-year-begins-tom-wilson/1901248001/

Utah State Changes Test Vendor After Multiple Problems
https://www.ksl.com/article/46609108/utah-school-board-oks-216-million-contract-with-sage-test-maker

University Admission Why Do More Than 1,000 Colleges No Longer Require ACT/SAT Exams for Admission
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article232844152.html

Worth Reading Problems with Test-Based Grade Retention
https://www.educationdive.com/news/the-50-states-of-education-policy-do-3rd-grade-retention-policies-work/559741/

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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