Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 12 - 18, 2019

Though most public schools across the U.S. have closed for the summer, there are still plenty of stories about effective campaigns to roll back standardized exam misuse and overuse. Encourage your friends and allies to sign up for these updates so they can receive important news and tools -
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California Civil Rights, Activists Groups Oppose Administering ACT/SAT to All Students
https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/edtrustmain/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/11/14125508/AB-751-ODonnell-Senate-Ed-OPPOSE.pdf

Florida Some Test Scores Were Too Good to Be True
https://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2019/06/03/some-test-scores-at-spoto-high-were-too-good-to-be-true-the-answers-were-on-the-wall/

Georgia Professional Standards Commission Investigating Exam Cheating Allegations
http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/professional-standards-commission-votes-investigating-6-gwinnett-county-educators

Kentucky State Invalidates Test Scores After Violations
http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/news/education/state-invalidates-test-scores-after-violations/article_ce247903-c0c9-51a5-9f2c-22784f79ed8a.html

Massachusetts Focus on State Test Knocked as Bad for Public Education
https://www.tauntongazette.com/news/20190617/focus-on-mcas-knocked-as-bad-for-education
Massachusetts School Committees Join Activists in Push to Cancel Exam Scores for Racially Tinged Question
https://melrose.wickedlocal.com/news/20190614/melrose-school-committee-joins-criticism-of-controversial-mcas-question

Mississippi Exploring Options to High-Stakes Exam Mess
https://www.yallpolitics.com/2019/06/14/are-there-better-options-to-the-standardized-testing-mess-in-mississippi-k12-schools/
Mississippi Teacher Questions Test-Prep Curriculum
https://www.ddtonline.com/front-page-slideshow-news-documents-education/testing-scores-fidelity-questioned

New York City Education Chief Lobbies to End Use of Entrance Exam for Selective High Schools
https://nypost.com/2019/06/12/richard-carranza-lobbies-albany-to-scrap-entrance-exam-for-top-high-schools/

North Carolina Legislation Would Loosen Teacher Testing Requirement
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article231446228.html

Pennsylvania New Teacher Evaluation Proposal Reduces Reliance on Test Scores
https://www.senatoraument.com/2019/06/13/proposal-to-revise-educator-evaluation-system-introduced/

Tennessee Tests and Pigs: The State's History of Failed Testing Contractors
http://www.newportplaintalk.com/community/article_4d18e4e9-d228-5241-9b8b-19212e7d1ea0.html

Utah How Schools Ended Up With Miserable Computer Testing Software
https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/06/13/gehrke-this-is-how-utah/

University Admissions U. Rochester Is Latest Top-Tier Institution to Go Completely ACT/SAT Optional
https://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/university-drops-first-year-admission-standardized-test-requirement/
University Admissions Full List of 1,030 ACT/SAT Optional 4-Year Colleges and Universities
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

Worth Reading Why Can't Everyone Get As? -- What's Wrong With the "High Standards" Movement
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/15/opinion/sunday/schools-testing-ranking.html

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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