Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 19 - 25, 2018

Early fall is a very busy season for assessment reformers across the nation, as this week's stories from a third of the states plus higher education and overseas clearly show. Policy makers are paying particular attention to their constituents' concerns as Election Day draws near.

National The Flaws in NAEP "Achievement Levels"
https://dianeravitch.net/2018/09/20/the-letter-i-wrote-about-changing-naep-achievement-levels-you-write-one-too/

California Don't Let the SAT Become the Yardstick to Measure Schools
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-sat-20180921-story.html#

Colorado State Reconsiders Its Formula for Grading Schools
https://the-journal.com/articles/110711

Florida Governor's Campaign Ad Distorts State's Educational Performance
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-rick-scott-education-ad-20180921-story.html
Florida "More Teachers, Less Tech" Say Parents Wary of Online Test-Prep
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180921/more-teachers-less-tech-say-parents-wary-of-of-i-ready

Georgia Two Dozen Districts Seek Alternatives to State Standardized Tests
https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-education/testing-school-districts-petition-for-alternatives-georgia-milestones/W6JYWjdz0v557SPBtjAJxJ/

Illinois Rest in Power, George Schmidt, Teacher Union and Assessment Reform Activist
https://www.ctunet.com/blog/george-schmidt-obituary

Kentucky Graduation Test Requirement Is No Solution to Poor School Performance
https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/editorials/article218788495.html

Massachusetts If Class Sizes Were Smaller, Testing Would Be Moot
https://lesstestingmorelearning.tumblr.com/post/178190901354/story-22-teacher-if-class-sizes-were-small

Michigan New Reading Test Law Will Flunk Many Low-Income Third Graders
https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/muskegon-kids-struggle-read-their-superintendent-had-same-problem
Michigan Former Florida Governor Pushes A-to-F Grading System for Michigan
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/09/24/jeb-bush-f-grades-michigan-schools/1414426002/

Mississippi State Board Balks at Issuing School Grades After Public Push Back
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/mississippi/articles/2018-09-20/mississippi-education-board-delays-letter-grade-rankings

New Jersey Governor Still Wants to Phase Out PARCC Test Despite Push Back
http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/20180918/murphy-still-wants-to-phase-out-parcc-despite-pushback

New York Changes to ESSA Plan Will Eliminate Opt-Out Sanctions
https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/new-york-eyeing-changes-to-every-student-succeeds-act/1458606524
New York City May Have to Pay Out $1.7 Billion for Biased Teacher Exam
https://nypost.com/2018/09/19/city-may-have-to-pay-out-1-7b-over-biased-teaching-exam/

Ohio Proposed Graduation Requirements Menu Includes Alternatives to Test Scores
https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/09/new_state_high_school_graduati.html
Ohio State's School Report Cards Are Waste of Time, Paper, Money
https://www.athensnews.com/news/local/local-school-chiefs-weigh-in-on-state-report-cards/article_89161908-bf5e-11e8-8b2b-ffd2392c3d9f.html

Oregon Early Childhood Testing Disrupts Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
https://www.eugeneweekly.com/2018/09/13/lost-in-mr-rogers-neighborhood/
Oregon Districts Opt-Out Rate Increases
https://www.bendbulletin.com/home/6534443-151/opt-out-rate-increases-for-bend-la-pine-schools-in

Pennsylvania A Smarter Approach to Assessment
https://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/sen-mcgarrigle-s-bill-a-smarter-approach-to-testing/article_53098958-be0f-11e8-b8cb-170543f3bc74.html

Texas Animation: I Prefer to Opt Out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkfZBm5rfaA&feature=youtu.be

Virginia School Loses Accreditation After Test Cheating Scandal
https://wtvr.com/2018/09/20/carver-board-of-education-vote/

University Admissions Colby College Goes Completely Test-Optional
http://www.colby.edu/news/2018/09/24/colby-eliminates-standardized-testing-requirement/
University Admissions High School Counselors Think Colleges Should Drop ACT/SAT Requirements
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/high_school_and_beyond/2018/09/high_school_counselors_colleges_should_drop_SAT_ACT_requirements.html
University Admissions Multiple Measures Better Than Placement Tests at Predicting Course Success
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/09/20/new-report-encourages-use-multiple-measurements-student-placement

International United Kingdom Testing is at Heart of Education Problems
https://www.tes.com/news/testing-heart-educations-problems

Worth Reading  The Big Standardized Test Is a Big Standardized Flop
https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2018/09/20/is-the-big-standardized-test-a-big-standardized-flop/#13c1a7284937