The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is supposed to be quiet. Not this year for the assessment reform movement, as this collection of news stories, opinion columns, and social media postings makes clear. Across the U.S., grassroots organizers are using this period to prepare for even more victories in 2016!



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National Assessment Reformers Push States to Adopt More Sensible Testing


Colorado Standardized Test Results Yield Nothing New


Connecticut Needed Teacher Evaluation System Overhaul Now Possible Under ESSA
Connecticut Feds Claim Opt-Out Rates Too High in 148 Schools


Florida How Much Time Do Students Really Spend on Testing?


Georgia What the New Federal Education Law Means for Local Public Schools
Georgia Test-Based “Merit Pay” for Teachers Does Not Work


Illinois Students and Schools Should Not Be Defined By a Single Test Score


Indiana Teachers Call for State Testing Pause
Indiana Time to Find Better Assessment System


Massachusetts Standardized Testing Is Not Educationally Meaningful
Massachusetts Feds Threaten State with Fund Loss for Not Administering Same Test to All Students
Massachusetts What Do Test Score Increases Really Mean?


Michigan Schools Celebrate More Local Control with New Federal Education Law


Montana Grading the Test: Glitchy Exams and Poor Funding
Montana Testing Cutback is “Christmas Present” for Juniors


New Jersey As Students Opt Out of State Tests, Feds Threaten to Withhold Funds


New York Opt Out Leaders Promise to Grow Test Refusal Movement
New York Shifts in Testing Policy May Help Schools in 2016
New York Twas the Night Before Christmas (for Assessment Reformers)


North Dakota K-12 Standardized Testing Needs Reform


Ohio Parents Should be Leery of New PARCC Test Results
Ohio Schools Prepare for Another Round of Testing Changes


Pennsylvania Unless We Are Careful, ESSA May Leave Some Students Behind


Rhode Island Survey Shows Parents Want Less Standardized Testing


South Carolina Teachers Won’t Be Judged on Students’ End-of-Year Exam Under Proposed Revamp
South Carolina Some Common Sense Comes to Teacher Evaluations


Tennessee Reformers Try to Spin Test-Accountability System’s Failures


Texas Assistant Superintendent Guilty of Federal Charges for Encouraging, Covering Up Test Cheating


Vermont Educators Take Wait and See Approach to New Federal Education Law


Virginia Is Testing Really the Answer to Educational Problems


West Virginia Big Testing Changes From Feds and State


ACT/SAT Many More Colleges Are Dropping Admissions Exam Requirements
List of 850+ Test-Optional or Test-Flexible Colleges and Universities


Gaslighting and Turnaround Schools


Exams Are “Disempowering Students” and Ignoring Their Abilities, International Experts Warn



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