Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 14 - 20, 2018

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National Debate Continues Around NAEP "Proficiency" Levels and Labels
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2018/11/when_is_proficient_insufficient_NAEP.html

Arkansas District Reviews Formative Assessment Data
https://www.thecabin.net/news/20181117/linn-assessments-to-gauge-progress

California For Better Schools, Don't Evaluate Teachers with Test Scores, Coach Them
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-kirp-teacher-coaching-better-than-evaluation-20181116-story.html

Connecticut What Do Teacher Licensing Test Have to Do with Becoming a Good Educator?
https://today.uconn.edu/2018/11/op-ed-just-passing-tests-wont-make-teachers-good/#

Indiana Confusion After Schools Given Two Different Grades
https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/superintendents-two-letter-grades-send-mixed-message

Louisiana New School Grading System Ignores Critical Factors in Education
http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-new-school-performance-scores-and.html

New Jersey Retiring Superintendent Explains Evolution Against Testing Overkill
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/11/13/former-camden-superintendent-on-testing-the-drawbacks-currently-outweigh-the-benefits/

New Mexico Are "A to F" School Grades on the Way Out?
https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/2018/11/19/nm-ped-website-highlights-school-grades-but-grades-eliminated-michelle-lujan-grisham/2059468002/

New York Just-Elected Legislators Speak Out Against School Testing, Privatization Agenda
https://progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/insurgent-lawmakers-against-school-privatization-181119/

North Carolina Teachers Are More Than Their Value-Added Exam Scores
http://notesfromthechalkboard.com/

Ohio Graduation Test Rules Could Be Eased Temporarily as Bridge to Permanent Overhaul
https://www.cleveland.com/news/2018/11/ohio-graduation-requirements-could-be-eased-temporarily-as-state-school-board-seeks-permanent-overhaul.html

Pennsylvania New State School Evaluation Tool De-Emphasizes Test Scores
http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/how-does-your-district-measure-up-pa-issues-new-tool-to-evaluate-schools-20181115.html

South Carolina High-Stakes Testing Called "Cancer of Public Education System" by Retiring School Board Member
http://www.wrhi.com/2018/11/audio-former-rhsd-board-member-calls-high-stakes-testing-the-cancer-of-the-public-education-system-146794
South Carolina School Report Cards Delayed for Weeks by Vendors' Data Errors
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/south-carolina-schools-chief-blames-vendor-for-last-minute-report/article_eaa82a56-e751-11e8-bbf1-d30728f165bb.html

Texas Basing District Grades on One Multiple Choice Test Does Not Add Up
https://www.dailytrib.com/2018/11/13/bcisd-message-basing-district-grades-on-staar-test-doesnt-add-up/

Washington High School Exit Exam Does More Harm Than Good
https://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article221730800.html

International South Africa Let Teachers Teach, Not Incessantly Test
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/Maritzburg-Fever/teachers-are-not-testers-20181107-2

University Admissions Evangel Makes ACT/SAT Optional
https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2018/11/14/evangel-university-act-scores-sat-optional-admissions-policy/1929277002/

Worth Reading It's Time to End the Testing Culture in U.S. Public Schools
https://www.the74million.org/article/pondiscio-its-time-to-end-the-testing-culture-in-americas-schools-and-start-playing-the-long-game-to-produce-better-life-outcomes-for-at-risk-kids/
Worth Reading Education "Reformers" Turn Against Testing
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/11/13/education-reformers-shift-their-rhetoric-turning-on-testing/

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