Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 6 - 12, 2021

Debates over the value and future of standardized testing heat up as schools already begin test prep for spring 2022 year-end exams. Remember that assessment policies are increasingly political issues, not educational ones. Make sure your voice is heard by your elected representatives as well as local school board members.

Florida Superintendents Seek Role in Plan to Overhaul Student Exam System
https://floridapolitics.com/archives/462913-broward-superintendent-standardized-testing/

Georgia Student Perspective on Standardized Testing: Inequitable System at a Crossroads
http://cedarblueprints.com/2021/09/29/standardized-testing-an-inequitable-system-faces-a-crossroads/

Illinois What Is the Future of Standardized Testing?
https://www.wbez.org/stories/whats-the-future-of-standardized-tests-in-cps/76ace15e-2c41-4f0c-96dd-cdd4dea86e49

Kentucky Local School Officials Question Value of Spring 2021 State Testing Data
https://www.paducahsun.com/news/school-officials-question-state-testing/article_929a014d-64cc-5a58-bcf2-06efe2e82b7e.html

Louisiana State Board of Ed Moves to Suspend School Letter Grades
https://710keel.com/louisiana-looking-to-stop-letter-grades-for-public-schools/

Massachusetts State Testing Regime is Failing Our Students
https://wbsm.com/mcas-failing-our-students/
Massachusetts Why So Many Parents Want to Eliminate the State Test
https://www.enterprisenews.com/story/news/education/2021/10/07/brockton-parents-students-teachers-mcas-bridgewater-easton-stoughton/5934528001/

Michigan Politically Driven Test Score Cut-offs Render Exam Results Misleading, If Not Useless
https://nepc.colorado.edu/blog/i-cant-believe

Minnesota Pandemic Further Illustrates Flaws of Standardized Testing
https://www.shsoutherner.net/opinion/2021/10/12/covid-19-has-further-proved-the-flaws-of-standardized-testing/

New York City to Eliminate "Gifted" Test in Overhaul of Segregated Program
https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2021/10/8/22716211/gifted-talented-test-segregation-nyc-overhaul

North Carolina Test Score Decline Was Predictable, Similar to Impact of Other Academic Disruptions
https://www.fayobserver.com/story/news/2021/10/10/cumberland-county-schools-test-scores-driven-down-covid-19-pandemic/5846860001/

Pennsylvania Admissions Process for Selective High Schools Changed to Promote Diversity
https://whyy.org/articles/philly-centralizes-admissions-process-for-magnet-schools-to-increase-student-diversity/

Texas Maybe Standardized Exams Are Performing Exactly as Intended
https://www.galvnews.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_6986f803-61d3-51cc-bcbd-ef89ea0e2eb8.html

University Admissions More Than 75% of Colleges, Universities Will Not Require ACT/SAT Scores From Fall 2022 Applicants
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2021/10/07/more-75-colleges-don%E2%80%99t-require-sat-or-act
University Admissions The Advanced Placement Racket
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/freedom-learn/202110/the-advanced-placement-racket

International China Government Crackdown on Test-Prep Industry
https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20211006090303977

Bob Schaeffer, Executive Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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