Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 14 - 20, 2020

More state and local education leaders are weighing in on the need to suspend standardized exam requirements for the current public school year.  A coordinated campaign to seek federal waivers and roll back high-stakes tests, at least for spring 2021, is likely to be launched soon after the upcoming election.  

National Some Teachers Are Being Evaluated Based on Non-Existent Student Test Scores
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/10/15/yes-teachers-are-still-being-evaluated-many.html

Indiana Standardized Testing and Other Educational Issues Are on the Ballot
https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/mccormick-on-the-2020-election-public-education-is-definitely-on-the-ballot

Kentucky State School Ratings Suspended Due to Absences of Test Results
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2020/10/14/kentucky-school-report-card-no-k-prep-scores-due-to-covid-19/5969536002/

Massachusetts Superintendent Supports NIxing State Exam During Pandemic
https://www.wickedlocal.com/news/20201016/winchester-superintendent-supports-nixing-mcas-during-pandemic

Massachusetts School Committees Support Testing Moratorium
https://concord.wickedlocal.com/news/20201016/concord-concord-carlisle-school-committees-support-nixing-mcas-during-pandemic

Michigan Now is the Time to Stop the Overdose of Standardized Testing
https://teacherinastrangeland.blog/2020/10/18/its-the-right-time-to-stop-the-overdose-of-standardized-testing/

New York Suspend State Mandated Testing This Year
https://www.newsday.com/opinion/commentary/david-gamberg-long-island-schools-testing-evaluations-regents-1.50039273

New York  How Could Students Take Standardized Exams During a Pandemic? No One Knows
https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2020/10/16/21519740/regents-exams-ny-graduation-requirements

Ohio Superintendents Urge Suspension of Student Standardized Testing During COVID-19
https://chroniclet.com/news/238836/local-superintendents-urge-end-to-state-testing-during-pandemic/

Oregon Schools Unconcerned by Gap in Testing Data, Look to Evaluate Students in New Ways
https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2020/10/19/oregon-districts-tracking-student-progress-pandemic-despite-lack-testing/3697144001/

Tennessee Governor Calls for Waiving All Test-Related Penalties From Schools and Districts
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2020/10/16/gov-bill-lee-calls-teachers-schools-not-penalized-state-testing-school-year-tnready/3677591001/

Tennessee Teacher Union Leader Lauds Call to Suspend High-Stakes Standardized Exams
https://www.johnsoncitypress.com/news/teachers-union-leader-lauds-calls-to-suspend-testing-consequences-as-positive-first-step/article_08a5036c-1234-11eb-9d61-9fb492be52ef.html

Virginia Selective High School Waives Admissions Test, May Do So Permanently
https://richmond.com/news/local/maggie-l-walker-governor-s-school-waives-admissions-test-due-to-covid-19-considers-doing/article_78364f6d-037f-59a0-aef7-2bef7c46341c.html

University Admission Florida Public Universities Are Only Major Holdout on ACT/SAT Test Waivers
https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2020/10/15/florida-universities-wont-waive-satact-requirement-despite-pandemic/

Bob Schaeffer, interim Executive Director
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