Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 23-29, 2018

The growing impact of the assessment reform movement is clear in this week's clips, many of which reflect a critical perspective on test overuse and misuse. This fall's elections will play a major role in determining whether new public officials will roll back standardized exam overkill or if the same old officials will continue discredited test-and-punish policies.

Arizona Why Is "D" Rated School Shamed Instead of Helped
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2018/05/29/...

Florida Test Score Fixation Causes Concerns for Parents
http://www.wflx.com/story/38282136/standardized-tests-causing-concern-fo...
Florida Late Test Score Reports Delay Grade Promotion Decisions Before School Ends
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/05/22/will-my-florida-third...

Georgia Are Test Scores Fair Way to Judge Charters  . . . or Any Schools?
https://www.myajc.com/blog/get-schooled/are-test-scores-fair-way-judge-c...
Georgia Poverty, Other Social Factors Best Ways to Predict Test Scores
https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/students-took-their-milestones-...

Illinois Test Scores Sunk After Chicago Closed 50 Public Schools
http://abc7chicago.com/education/test-scores-suffered-after-cps-closed-5...

Indiana Schools May Get Two Different Grades This Year
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/20180529/schools-to-get...

Massachusetts Legislators Cut Exam Funding to Challenge Testing Status Quo
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2018/05/27/with-tug-purse-str...
Massachusetts Grading Essays with Computers Sends Wrong Message to Student Writers
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2018/05/24/your-mcas-essay-m...

New Jersey Due to PARCC Screw-Up, Students Will Be Forced to Take the Exam
http://www.myveronanj.com/2018/05/24/state-parcc-screw-up-will-force-sop...

New Mexico Legal Action Filed Against Test-Based Teacher Evaluations
https://www.abqjournal.com/1176776/unions-file-new-motion-over-teacher-e...

New York Schools Chief Criticizes Exam-Based Admission and Screening
https://nypost.com/2018/05/23/schools-chief-denounces-nycs-admission-pol...
New York Teachers Union Blasts Abusive "Tyranny of Testing"
https://www.wkbw.com/news/state-teachers-union-calls-2018-standardized-t...
New York Governor Candidate Takes on Test-and-Punish Policies
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/05/25/u-s-educa...

North Carolina Assess Students' Knowledge, Not Test-Taking Skills
http://www.courier-tribune.com/news/20180526/measure-our-knowledge-not-o...

Ohio Governor's Defense of Flawed School Grades Blocks Efforts to Kill Them
https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/05/kasich_support_of_a-f_...

Tennessee Scores From Computer Test Foul Up Won't Hurt Teachers
http://wreg.com/2018/05/23/lawmakers-say-tnready-test-cant-hurt-teachers/

Texas Testing Service Fined for Computer Exam Glitches
http://www.kxan.com/news/texas/tea-levies-100k-fine-against-ets-for-staa...
Texas State Waives Test Passing Requirement for Grade Promotion Due to Computer Disruptions
https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/TEA-waives-pass...

University Abolish Standardized Testing for Undergraduate Admission
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/abolish-standardized-testing-for-co...

International Irish Teachers Letter Launches Discussion of What Tests Really Measure
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/these-tests-do-not-assess-what...

Worth Reading Lessons From the Test Opt-Out Movement for Curbing School Violence
https://wtop.com/education/2018/05/could-protest-curb-school-violence-le...