Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 17 - 23, 2021

Angry parents, educators and many state policy makers are pushing back aggressively against the Biden Administration's refusal to grant comprehensive waivers from spring 2021 student testing mandates.  The decision by DC-insiders to double down on administering standardized exams as schools just begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed a broad, diverse opt-out movement and renewed calls for meaningful assessment reforms. Make sure your federal and state representatives are hearing from you!

National 500+ Educational Research Experts Call for Federal Approval of Broad Testing Waivers
https://drive.google.com/file/d/10nJAjHkYPiYyCdWYVu1cpY_zIkWvNmUO/view

National Biden Administration Decision Re-Ignites Movement to Opt-Out of Standardized Exams
https://progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/biden-movement-oppose-standardized-test-jacobs-210322/

Arizona Why So Many Students Won't Be Taking Standardized Tests This Spring
https://tucson.com/news/local/education/why-many-tucson-kids-likely-to-skip-in-person-standardized-tests-this-year/article_eb0f0c53-a9c7-5700-a662-e653a20039e0.html

California State Will Seek U.S. Ed Department Waiver to Allow Districts to Choose Which Tests to Administer 
https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel18.asp

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Scaling Back Testing.  Will Feds Approve Plan?
https://co.chalkbeat.org/2021/3/16/22334492/gov-polis-approves-scaling-back-cmas-standardized-testing-federal-government-must-approve

Florida Urge State Officials to Apply for Broader Federal Exam Waivers
https://fundeducationnow.org/take-action-urge-fl-to-apply-for-the-2021-federal-testing-waiver-today/

Florida PTA and Teachers Push Governor to Suspend Exams
https://www.winknews.com/2021/03/19/florida-pta-pushes-for-gov-desantis-to-waive-standardized-testing/

Illinois Families Applaud State's Initial Testing Reductions, Call for Broader Assessment Reforms
https://www.ilfps.org/testing_adjustments_2021?fbclid=IwAR0Qs0YEW6wb2vQrna8CfSMDnxSs1fBWQovYzplrPrUokWIoVKHUKVpRd_A

Massachusetts Testing Debate Heats Up
http://homenewshere.com/middlesex_east/article_d26676f8-87fb-11eb-b85e-6776296dc333.html
 
Massachusetts Why Does State Care More About Administering Tests Than Protecting the Health of Children and Educators?
https://www.recorder.com/ltr-selwyn-DESE-InPersonLearning-39343620

Massachusetts Drop Standardized Testing This Year - Editorial
https://www.capenews.net/falmouth/opinion/drop-mcas-for-this-year---editorial/article_525e7d98-996a-5f31-90ce-96d53e8ae3db.html

Maryland State Assessments Postponed Until Fall
https://www.stardem.com/news/local_news/spring-break-state-assessments-to-be-postponed-until-the-fall/article_4f40d31b-8f02-5cec-ad34-a3f8a580e953.html

Michigan Bipartisan Legislative Proposal Would Suspend School Tests and Grade Promotion Law This Year
https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/michigan-gop-cancel-standardized-tests-and-3rd-grade-reading-law-year

Minnesota Record Number of Opt-Outs Expected for Spring In-Person School Testing
https://www.fox9.com/news/minnesota-students-must-take-standardized-tests-in-person-some-fear-record-number-of-opt-outs

New Mexico Prioritizing Student Testing Over Public Health Is a Dangerous Precedent
https://www.santafenewmexican.com/life/teen/prioritizing-tests-over-public-health-is-a-dangerous-precedent/article_5bf76d78-86a3-11eb-a8dc-8bc9bf0827a3.html

New York Why I'm Opting My Son Out of Standardized Testing (and You Can, Too)
https://thejosevilson.com/why-im-opting-my-son-out-of-standardized-testing-and-you-can-too/

Oregon State Legislative Leaders Want to Waive All Standardized Exams Until 2022
https://www.opb.org/article/2021/03/19/oregon-leaders-want-to-avoid-standardized-tests-until-2022/

Oregon Local School Board Resolution States That Opting Out Is Best Response to This Year's State Testing
https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Ashland-School-District-opts-out-of-state-assessments-for-the-year-574018131.html

Washington State Waiver Request Seeks to Test Only Small Sample of Students
https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/education/fewer-students-may-take-federal-standarized-tests-this-spring-if-state-request-is-approved/article_297423ae-89b1-5891-93d3-51acdad713b3.html

Washington Cancel Standardized Tests
https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/education-cancel-standardized-tests/

University Admissions Loyola New Orleans University President on Future of SAT
https://money.com/test-blind-policies-fair-college-admissions/

University Admissions Students Testify in Favor of ACT/SAT-Optional Policies
https://www.colorado.edu/today/2021/03/19/students-testify-test-optional-bill-colorado-house

University Admissions Plans for 2021 Advanced Placement Exams Show That College Board Does Not Care About Students
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/2021-aps-college-board

Worth Reading Requiring Tests This Spring Would Be Child Abuse
https://themerrowreport.com/2021/03/18/cancel-the-fking-tests/

Worth Reading Why We Do Not Need the Big Standardized Test in One Quote
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2021/03/why-we-dont-need-big-standardized-test.html

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