Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 27 – November 2, 2021

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 27 – November 2, 2021

Much ado about nothing meaningful! Nearly every story about spring 2021 standardized testing comes with major cautions about relying on the scores to judge the academic performance of students or schools. So what was the point of this expensive, time-consuming exercise beyond demonstrating the power of some politicians and interest groups?

National Spring 2021 Test Results Are In –Now What?
https://nepc.colorado.edu/sites/default/files/publications/Newsletter%20covid-assessment_1.pdf

Arizona
State Ed. Dept. Warns Pandemic-Era Test Scores Should Be Viewed with “Extreme Caution”
https://azdailysun.com/news/state-and-regional/the-results-are-in-arizona-standardized-test-scores-fell-during-pandemic-year/article_21c8f707-0597-5bbd-bc2c-edeb13f0843c.html

Florida
Teachers Want Less Punitive Replacement for State Test
https://www.wuft.org/news/2021/10/28/what-will-replace-the-fsa-florida-educators-hope-its-less-punitive/

Illinois
Pandemic Test Scores Should Not Be Compared with Past Years’
https://herald-review.com/news/local/education/report-card-shows-pandemics-continued-impact-on-illinois-students/article_29957bb2-24bb-5745-9405-9d31d135fc5d.html

Massachusetts
Selective High School Admissions Reform: Debate Over New Selection Factors and Weights
https://schoolyardnews.com/exam-school-admissions-extra-points-for-high-poverty-schools-still-in-doubt-be55f55f6989

New Jersey
How Will “Learning Loss” Data Be Used?
https://www.njspotlightnews.org/2021/10/nj-learning-loss-tests-language-arts-math-science-grades-3-11-supporters-critics/

New York
Extremely Low Participation Rate Undermines Spring 2021 State Test Data
https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2021/10/28/22750774/ny-state-english-math-test-results

Pennsylvania
DIBELS Nonsense Testing Disrupts Classroom Teaching and Learning
https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2021/10/28/reducing-students-to-their-test-scores-will-only-increase-their-pandemic-wounds/

Rhode Island
Pandemic Disrupted Exam Results Convey Little Useful Information
https://www.wpri.com/news/education/do-not-publish-ricas-scores-drop-following-pandemics-disrupted-learning/

Tennessee
Test Results “Recalibrated” After Scoring Delay
https://tn.chalkbeat.org/2021/10/27/22749045/late-standardize-test-delivery-tennessee-tcap-pearson-supply-chain-scs-tvaas

Utah
Testing Company Will Pay $3.4 Million for Missing Scores, Other Computer Exam Errors
https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2021/11/01/utah-gets-million/

Washington
Standardized Testing Doesn’t Fairly Measure Our Children
https://iamaneducator.com/2021/10/27/our-opt-out-letter-these-standardized-tests-cant-measure-our-son/?fbclid=IwAR1xVIdxWKMFDWGyyEhy4_oqBV5-mUj3ZgaQY_MDfshSnQvo2bjxv4c72h0

University Admissions Another Top Business School Drops GRE/GMAT Requirement
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/another-u-b-school-drops-193147391.html

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