Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 3 – 9, 2021

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 2-8, 2022

Across the U.S. assessment reform activists and educators are pressing policymakers to rethink their definitions of “accountability” and the tools used to measure it in public education. This long-awaited review is beginning to generate signs of progress in many states.


Alaska
One-Size-Fits-All Education “Reforms” Should Not Leave Students Behind
https://www.adn.com/opinions/2022/02/04/opinion-educational-reforms-should-not-leave-alaska-students-behind/

California
Increased Economic Segregation Widened School Performance Gaps
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-02-01/economic-segregation-in-schools-has-worsened-study-says

Florida Large District Asks State to Waive Consequences From 2022 School Tests Due to Continued Pandemic Disruptions
https://www.wmfe.org/orange-county-school-district-wants-standardized-testing-requirements-waived-as-students-teachers-continue-to-get-sick-with-covid/195885

Illinois Hearing on “Too Young to Test” Bill
https://www.ilfps.org/senate_hearing_sb_3986

Massachusetts
Nobel Laureate Finds School Rating Systems Biased Against Urban Districts
https://schoolyardnews.com/new-proof-that-the-state-accountability-system-is-biased-against-boston-b41e42896a57

Minnesota
Changes to School Accountability Plan Would Emphasize Well-Rounded Education
https://news.yahoo.com/changes-mn-school-accountability-plan-230900719.html

Nevada Time to Dispel the Big Lies About Standardized Test Scores in Public Education
https://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2022/feb/05/time-to-dispel-the-big-lie-about-public-education/

New Jersey
Educators Blast State Board Decision to Raise Passing Score on Graduation Test
https://www.nj.com/education/2022/02/students-taking-new-graduation-exam-need-a-higher-score-to-pass-and-teachers-arent-happy.html

North Carolina State Ed. Super Says Testing and Accountability System Should Be Transformed
https://www.wfae.org/education/2022-02-07/nc-superintendent-calls-for-changes-in-state-exams-and-school-performance-grades

Pennsylvania
Thousands Call for Resignation of School Board Member Who Blamed “Immigrants” for Test Score Decline
https://www.inquirer.com/news/oxford-area-school-district-jennifer-kehs-immigrants-20220201.html

Utah
School Rankings Raise Major Questions About Scoring Criteria
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/school-ranking-system-raising-questions-about-score-criteria/ar-AATlA1r?ocid=BingNewsSearch

University Admissions Moving the SAT Online Won’t Restore Its Relevance
https://thehill.com/opinion/education/592848-moving-the-sats-online-wont-restore-them-to-relevance

Worth Reading Common Core Standards and Tests Failed Students, Teachers and Taxpayers
https://nepc.colorado.edu/blog/research-yes

Bob Schaeffer, Executive Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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email- bobschaeffer@fairtest.org

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