Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 7 - 13, 2018

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Florida If Anyone is to Blame for Low Test Scores, It's the State Legislature
https://www.tampabay.com/news/education/SAT-scores-still-lag-in-Florida-which-means-politicians-are-still-failing_173420937

Georgia Education Testing Policy Too Important to Be Left Up to Politicians
http://www.barrowjournal.com/archives/13429-Bridgeman-Education-too-important-to-leave-to-legislators,-educators.html

Kentucky How Exit Exams Would Hurt Many Students
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/2018/11/08/kentucky-high-school-graduation-tests-hurt-students/1917885002/

Louisiana New School Grading System Lowers Most Ratings
https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/education/article_20d82cde-e1ee-11e8-83b1-57e7f3ba7ddc.html

Maryland Public Schools Transition Away From PARCC Testing
http://www.wboc.com/story/39421801/maryland-public-schools-undergoing-statewide-exam-changes

Massachusetts Questions Raised About Boston's Selective High Schools Admission Test
https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/listen-23

Michigan What Baseball Statistics Can Teach Us About Standardized Testing
https://www.grbj.com/articles/91980-what-baseball-stats-can-teach-us-about-standardized-tests

New Mexico Lame Duck Governor Made False Claims About Testing, Education
https://www.currentargus.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/08/education-claims-susana-martinez-new-mexico-governor/1892035002/

New York Opponents of Test-Driven Teacher Evaluation Press for Immediate Repeal
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/teacher-evaluations-legislature-nysut-opt-outs-1.23186601
New York State Plans to Extend Moratorium on Using Student Test Scores for Teacher Evaluation
https://www.wgrz.com/article/news/education/new-york-is-planning-to-extend-an-important-testing-moratorium/71-612998899

Pennsylvania Superintendents Approve of New State Law Creating More Options to Exit Exam
http://www.thecourierexpress.com/news/state/somerset-county-superintendents-approve-of-new-graduation-requirements/article_13c96b9a-d0ed-5254-9596-d940ac380416.html

University Admissions Important of ACT, SAT Scores Diminishing
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/high_school_and_beyond/2018/11/importance_of_SAT_ACT_Scores_Dwindling_College_Admissions.html

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