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National Latest SAT Scores Raise New Alarms Over “Test-and-Punish” Schooling
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/09/03/latest-sat-scores-raise-new-alarms-over-test-and-punish-education

National Dropping Admissions Exam Requirements Improves Colleges’ Diversity
http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/08/pf/college/sat-college-diversity/

Multiple States Computer Testing Administration SNAFUS Render Data Useless
http://www.news3lv.com/content/news/story/Schools-have-incomplete-data-with-stoppage-of/N1m0sUVdJ0uYyKnwPMa2-A.cspx

List of Jurisdictions Experiencing Computer Testing Problems 2013-2015
http://fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-2013-2015

California How Districts Are Developing New Measures of School Quality
http://edsource.org/2015/how-six-core-districts-are-designing-new-measures-of-school-quality/85845

California Governor Supports Bill for Retroactive Exit Exam Repeal
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Legislation-would-retroactively-suspend-Exit-Exam-6486231.php

Florida Independent Report Finds Computerized Test Scores Should Not Be Used for Student-Level Consequences
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/testing/florida-tests-shouldnt-be-used-for-student-level-consequences-report-says/2243631

Florida Inside Look at Rocky Start for State’s New Exams
http://www.bradenton.com/2015/09/08/5979585_an-inside-look-at-the-rocky-start.html?rh=1

Florida Student Tests Deserve an “F”
http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-floridas-student-tests-deserve-an-f/2243924

Georgia Last Teacher in Atlanta Cheating Scandal Sentenced to One Year in Jail
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/mother-of-infant-last-aps-teacher-to-be-sentenced-/nnWM5/

Idaho Boise School Board Leads Push to Replace Smarter Balanced Assessments
http://www.idahoednews.org/news/boise-leads-new-push-to-replace-sbac-tests/#.Ve1-jStLUZx

Indiana Indiana New Vendor But Testing Concerns Linger
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2015/09/04/new-vendor-istep-concerns-linger/71721420/

Indiana Accountability Pause Would Reaffirm State’s Commitment to Education
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/editorials/Account-ability-8586585

Maine Superintendent Decries Testing Mandates
http://www.mdislander.com/maine-news/education-news/superintendent-decries-mandated-tests

Maryland Educators Say Testing Is Chipping Away at Teaching
http://marylandreporter.com/2015/09/03/testing-chipping-away-at-teaching-educators-say/

Minnesota Educators Call for Deep Reductions in Testing Requirements
http://www.startribune.com/teachers-union-wants-to-limit-high-stakes-tests-to-fifth-eighth-grades/325210121/

Missouri First Year of Online Testing Is Challenge for Schools
http://www.wgem.com/story/29934884/2015/09/01/first-year-of-online-testing-proves-challenge-for-local-schools

Montana Recovers $375,000 From Vendor of Botched Spring Exams; State Withholds Other Testing Payments
http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/montana-recovers-k-for-spring-testing-glitches/article_c07c96c2-cb5c-5132-8c7b-2bce29b517cd.html

New Jersey Lawsuit Demands State Stop Using PARCC, SAT Tests for Graduation
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/education/high-school-students-and-parents-sue-state-over-new-parcc/article_7bb4a5e2-51a5-11e5-bddc-4b69fe2265d5.html

New Jersey As School Returns, Testing Issue Has Not Faded
http://www.northjersey.com/news/as-school-returns-state-testing-issue-hasn-t-faded-1.1401967

New Mexico Judge to Hear Request to Suspend State Teacher Evaluation System
http://m.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/judge-to-hear-union-s-request-for-suspension-of-teacher/article_c5070301-1c91-5319-9b1f-2fd846367e79.html?mode=jqm

New York Opt-Out Letter Gains Traction Even Before Schools Open
http://wamc.org/post/opt-out-letter-circulates#stream/0

New York Superintendent Slams Evaluation System in Letter to Teachers, Principals
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/michael-hynes-patchogue-medford-superintendent-slams-evaluation-system-in-letter-to-teachers-1.10798592

Vermont State Surprised By Number of Districts Offering to Test New Quality Review System
http://vtdigger.org/2015/09/04/state-surprised-by-number-of-schools-to-test-quality-review-program/

Virginia Pressure Around State Test Prep Begins on First Day of School
http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/2015/09/03/pressure–sol-test-prep-begins–first-day–school/71647136/

Washington Testing a Major Issue in Seattle Teacher Strike Vote
https://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/its-unanimous-seattle-teachers-vote-to-strike/

Washington Too Much Testing in High Schools Should End
http://sammamishreview.com/2015/09/01/editorial-too-much-testing-in-high-schools-should-end

Why Some Progressives Fall for “Accountability” and Phony Education Reform
http://www.alternet.org/education/why-even-progressive-democrats-fall-accountability-and-phony-education-reform

To Measure, Or to Assess Learning? Human Judgment Is Not the Problem, It’s the Solution
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/08/26/we-must-teach-for-range-and-depth.html

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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