Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 3 - 9, 2020

More tests are being suspended, and there's growing pressure to extend the policies into the 2021-2022 school year.   It's time to start pressuring your local and state officials to make sure standardized exams are not added to the burdens students, teachers and educational administrators must face if and when classrooms reopen.

Multiple States Reading Test Promotion Requirements Lifted in Wake of School Closings
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/06/01/9-states-make-adjustments-for-early-reading.html

Florida Statewide Teachers Union Calls for Continuing Suspension of Standardized Tests, School Grades
https://www.wlrn.org/post/statewide-teachers-union-demands-halt-state-tests-school-grades-next-year

Florida Wealthy Philanthropists Back Test-and-Punish Policies
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/06/fl-philanthropy-backs-testing.html

Illinois COVID-19 Exemptions for Teacher Licensing Tests
https://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/20200605/isbe-updates-teacher-licensure-requirements-amid-covid-19

Michigan 90% of Teachers Believe Standardized Exam Moratorium Should Continue
https://wwjnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/survey-michigan-teachers-reconsider-job-because-of-covid-19

New York Using High School Performance Assessments in College Admissions
https://learningpolicyinstitute.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b782a693c833f2f6175285baa&id=0dc26126e7&e=dbd121633b

New York End Racists School Screening Tests
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-to-be-an-antiracist-reject-school-screens-20200607-vgvpklzhd5gx3lxrm4c7dzex4u-story.html

Ohio Proposed Legislation Would Ease Reading Test Requirement for Grade Promotion
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/new-ohio-senate-bill-would-address-testing-graduation-bus-drivers-furloughs-other-school-issues-amid-coronavirus/ar-BB152KoO

Tennessee State Offers "Mock Interim Assessments" for Back-to-School
https://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Education/2020/06/08/State-offers-assessment-support-to-local-districts-following-months-of-closures

International Ontario Canada Teachers Union Calls for Suspending Tests Through 2021
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/oecta-tests-province-school-1.5594834

University Admissions College Board Concedes at-home SAT Cannot Be Administered Fairly
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/us/at-home-sat-coronavirus.html

University Admissions GRExit Why Graduate Geosciences Programs Are Dropping Admissions Tests
https://eos.org/opinions/geogrexit-why-geosciences-programs-are-dropping-the-gre

Worth Reading How We Talk About "Achievement Gaps" Could Increase Racial Biases
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2020/06/achievement_gap_discourse_may_worsen_public_bias_against_black_students.html

Bob Schaeffer, interim Executive Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
contributor: The Scandal of Standardized Tests: Why We Need to Drop the SAT & ACT
   (new from Teachers College Press, April 2020)
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