Bob Schaeffer of FairTest: News about Testing Across the Nation

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is the weekly round up of testing news from FairTest, which has been fighting the misuse of standardized testing since 1973:

The message from parents, students, educators and community leaders could not be clearer: the path to educational progress requires reducing testing and eliminating high stakes. Policy-makers in many jurisdictions are starting to listen and implement real assessment reforms. Keep the pressure on!

Florida Kindergarten “Readiness” Testing Is Part of War on Youngest Children
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/05/fl-continuing-war-on-littles.html
Florida Increase in Exit Exam Alternative Cut Scores Could Reduce Graduation Rate
https://www.news4jax.com/education/higher-test-score-standards-could-lead-to-drop-in-graduation-rates

Georgia Parent Offers Advice for Gates and Zuckerberg on How to Really Improve Education
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/05/16/a-parent-writes-to-gates-and-zuckerberg-you-asked-for-advice-on-education-heres-mine

Louisiana Adding Up the Costs of State-Mandated Testing
https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/louisiana-to-spend-at-least-75m-on-five-years-of-parcc-ish-leap-2025-testing/

Maine High School Test Scores Are Not Good Predictors of Undergraduate (and Life) Success
https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/dist-207-sat-scores-good-but-not-indicative-of-life-after-graduation/

Massachusetts School Receivership Is the Ultimate Test-Score Misuse

Massachusetts Debunking Claims About Automated Scoring of Essay Tests
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/05/21/mass-ponders-hiring-computer-grade-mcas-essays-what-could-wrong/D7fX11PReUWzVsAAdqC1qN/story.html

Michigan Don’t Punish…

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