The growing impact of the assessment reform movement is clear in this week’s clips, many of which reflect a critical perspective on test overuse and misuse. This fall’s elections will play a major role in determining whether new public officials will roll back standardized exam overkill or if the same old officials will continue discredited test-and-punish policies.

Arizona Why Is “D” Rated School Shamed Instead of Helped
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2018/05/29/arizona-low-performing-schools-notify-neighborhood-state-letter-grade/635073002/

Florida Test Score Fixation Causes Concerns for Parents
http://www.wflx.com/story/38282136/standardized-tests-causing-concern-for-parents
Florida Late Test Score Reports Delay Grade Promotion Decisions Before School Ends
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/05/22/will-my-florida-third-grader-have-to-repeat-the-grade/

Georgia Are Test Scores Fair Way to Judge Charters . . . or Any Schools?
https://www.myajc.com/blog/get-schooled/are-test-scores-fair-way-judge-charter-schools-any-schools/SnON9X4GXVJMf1KbrBnzkL/
Georgia Poverty, Other Social Factors Best Ways to Predict Test Scores
https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/students-took-their-milestones-tests-but-what-will-the-scores-reveal/Wz9Z4KkcN3eH18L2cQo0yK/

Illinois Test Scores Sunk After Chicago Closed 50 Public Schools
http://abc7chicago.com/education/test-scores-suffered-after-cps-closed-50-schools-in-2013-study-says/3506585/

Indiana Schools May Get Two Different Grades This Year
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/20180529/schools-to-get-2-separate-grades

Massachusetts Legislators Cut Exam Funding to Challenge Testing Status Quo
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2018/05/27/with-tug-purse-strings-lawmakers-challenge-status-quo-standardized-tests/zV4zHCNovJbG3fnnSWycCP/story.html
Massachusetts Grading Essays with Computers Sends Wrong Message to Student Writers
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2018/05/24/your-mcas-essay-may-scored-gorithm/h6rLmHOXy9Z55dJ3oHDAuK/story.html

New Jersey Due to PARCC Screw-Up, Students Will Be Forced to Take the Exam
http://www.myveronanj.com/2018/05/24/state-parcc-screw-up-will-force-sophomores-to-be-tested/

New Mexico Legal Action Filed Against Test-Based Teacher Evaluations
https://www.abqjournal.com/1176776/unions-file-new-motion-over-teacher-evals-usage.html

New York Schools Chief Criticizes Exam-Based Admission and Screening
https://nypost.com/2018/05/23/schools-chief-denounces-nycs-admission-policies/
New York Teachers Union Blasts Abusive “Tyranny of Testing”
https://www.wkbw.com/news/state-teachers-union-calls-2018-standardized-testing-abusive
New York Governor Candidate Takes on Test-and-Punish Policies
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/05/25/u-s-education-department-warns-school-districts-to-protect-student-privacy-for-sat-and-act/

North Carolina Assess Students’ Knowledge, Not Test-Taking Skills
http://www.courier-tribune.com/news/20180526/measure-our-knowledge-not-our-ability-to-take-test

Ohio Governor’s Defense of Flawed School Grades Blocks Efforts to Kill Them
https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/05/kasich_support_of_a-f_grades_s.html

Tennessee Scores From Computer Test Foul Up Won’t Hurt Teachers
Lawmakers say TNReady test can’t hurt teachers

Texas Testing Service Fined for Computer Exam Glitches
http://www.kxan.com/news/texas/tea-levies-100k-fine-against-ets-for-staar-glitches/1196923819
Texas State Waives Test Passing Requirement for Grade Promotion Due to Computer Disruptions
https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/TEA-waives-passing-requirement-for-students-hit-12941899.php

University Abolish Standardized Testing for Undergraduate Admission
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/abolish-standardized-testing-for-college-admissions_us_5b045869e4b003dc7e470ee3s

International Irish Teachers Letter Launches Discussion of What Tests Really Measure
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/these-tests-do-not-assess-what-makes-you-special-and-unique-1.3507488

Worth Reading Lessons From the Test Opt-Out Movement for Curbing School Violence
https://wtop.com/education/2018/05/could-protest-curb-school-violence-lessons-from-the-opt-out-movement/

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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