Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 5 - 11, 2019

Along with this week's news about assessment reform progress, FairTest offers two freshly updated resources for activists to use in their local campaigns and journalists to reference for their reporting:
   - a chronology of computer testing problems
           https://www.fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology
   - history of test design, administration, and scoring failures by Pearson, the world's largest testing company
           https://www.fairtest.org/pearsons-history-testing-problems

Colorado New High School Graduation Requirements on the Way
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/06/08/colorado-graduation-requirements-c...

Florida Teachers Quit Citing Testing "Nightmare"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/06/05/teachers-quit-florid...
Florida High-Stakes Pre-K Testing Is Unfair to Students and Teachers
https://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/contributors/2019/06/03/high-st...

Illinois Stop Ranking Our Schools: Education Should Not Be a Competition
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-ranking-sch...

Massachusetts Putting Standardized Testing to the Test
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/education/putting-standardized-testing-...

New Jersey State Will Allow Alternative Pathways to High School Graduation Test Requirement
https://www.nj.com/education/2019/06/nj-finally-has-graduation-rules-for...

New York Students Forced to Take "Field Tests" to Benefit Testing Companies
https://www.tauntongazette.com/news/20190610/millions-of-kids-taking-tes...

Ohio League of Women Voters Concludes State Needs to Abandon Failed High-Stakes Testing
https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/2019/06/ohio-needs-to-abandon-failed-h...
Ohio State Should Pursue Performance Assessment Rather Than More Test-Centric "Reforms"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rodberger/2019/06/04/the-economic-policies-...

Tennessee Pearson Underbid Rivals to Win State Testing Contract
https://chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2019/06/06/pearson-bid-20-1-million-to-ta...

Texas School "Accountability" Ratings Criticized for Strong Link to Community Poverty
https://communityimpact.com/houston/clear-lake-league-city-nassau-bay/ed...
Texas Commission Will Study State Test Reading Level
https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/education-news/2019/06/...

Utah State Cancels Testing Contract with Questar Over Repeated Computer Administration Problems
https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2019/06/07/utah-will-cancel-with-its/

Washington Repeal of Exit Exam Requirement Is Major Victory for Students
https://iamaneducator.com/2019/06/04/huge-victory-for-washington-states-...

University Admissions Marquette University Adopts Model Test-Optional Policy
https://today.marquette.edu/2019/06/marquette-adopts-test-optional-polic...
University Admissions Were June 1 SAT Subject Tests Compromised by Security Breach?
https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2019/06/10/questions-b...
University Admissions New SAT "Adversity Score" Is Desperate, Cynical Attempt by College Board to Maintain Control Over Admissions
https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/opinion/tn-dpt-me-patrice-apod...

International Canada (and Other Nations) Should be Skeptical of Global PISA Test
https://theconversation.com/problems-with-pisa-why-canadians-should-be-s...
International What Standardized Testing Doesn't Tell Us About Learning
http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/06/standardised-testing-doesnt-tell-us-learn...

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