Testing kids a la NCLB in the era of COVID-19

Has DCPS and OSSE decided what to do about testing? Here, Bob Schaeffer Of Fairtest collects News articles what other states Have done or are contemplating. Guy

From: “Bob Schaeffer 

Two steps forward, one step back.  At the same time assessment reform activists are pressing to have standardized exams waived for the upcoming school year — if classes even resume this fall — the test-and-punish crowd is pushing to restore previous requirements  .  .  .  and then some! 

Because testing is primarily a political policy, not an educational one, effective organizing by parents, educators and will be needed to block the reimposition of punitive assessments and  extend testing suspensions at least through June 2021. 

National 
Should Standardized Tests Be Administered In a Pandemic?
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/07/09/standardized-testing-and-covid-19-4-questions-answered.html

California
 State Issues Guidance for Optional Use of Formative and Interim Assessments
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/guidanceonassessments.asp

Florida 
Will the State Cancel School Tests Again for the 2020-2021 Academic Year?
https://www.tampabay.com/news/education/2020/07/08/will-florida-cancel-school-tests-again-in-2021/

Georgia 
State Submits Formal Testing Waiver Request to U.S. Department of Education
https://wfxl.com/news/state-news/georgia-submits-standardized-testing-waiver-request

Indiana 
Despite Concerns, Schools Can Give Third Grade Reading Test to Entering Fourth Graders This Fall
https://in.chalkbeat.org/2020/7/8/21317302/indiana-schools-can-give-iread-test-in-the-fall-despite-state-superintendents-concerns

Kentucky 
Education Groups Seek Federal Testing Waiver for Coming School Year
https://www.wdrb.com/in-depth/kentucky-education-groups-worry-covid-19-guidance-could-overburden-teachers-staff/article_dbdd7522-c07f-11ea-a821-5f240486217b.html

Massachusetts 
Six Ways High-Stakes Testing Has Failed Our Students
https://www.citizensforpublicschools.org/cps-report-mcas-is-the-wrong-answer/
Massachusetts NAACP Launches Petition to Waive Selective High School Admission Test
https://schoolyardnews.com/naacp-launches-petition-drive-to-scrap-the-test-for-exam-schools-this-fall-f40d112b3cb8

Nevada 
Criticism of Public Education Based on Test Scores Is Misguided
https://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2020/jul/10/common-criticism-of-public-education-is-misguided/

New York 
Legislators Back Repeal of Specialized High School Admissions Test
https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-new-specialized-high-school-state-legislation-20200709-dnbas7rczjbdtp7dw5rjdddofa-story.html

Pennsylvania 
Black Students Seek Overhaul of High School Admissions Testing Policy
https://whyy.org/articles/black-students-at-central-high-and-some-faculty-call-for-overhaul-of-admissions-school-policies-to-increase-equity/
Pennsylvania School Grades Are Unfair
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/letters/school-grades-seem-unfair/article_4d75e355-d432-5b98-8b62-4ae304163848.html

South Carolina Legislator Calls for State to Waive 2020-2021 School Tests No Matter What Feds Say
https://www.charlestonchronicle.net/2020/07/09/rep-ja-moore-calls-on-sc-superintendent-to-waive-standardized-testing-regardless-of-us-dept-s-decision/

Texas
 Parents, Elected Officials Press State to Reconsider Plan to Resume High-Stakes Testing
https://kfoxtv.com/news/back-to-school/school-state-officials-ask-to-eliminate-starr-testing-for-upcoming-school-year
Texas Don’t Restart State Testing, Rethink Entire Approach to Assessment
https://www.statesman.com/opinion/20200712/opinion-donrsquot-restart-standardized-testing-instead-rethink-approach

College Admissions Graduate Departments Shift From Reliance on GRE
https://physicstoday.scitation.org/do/10.1063/PT.6.2.20200709a/full/
College Admissions Time to Move Away from Admissions Tests
https://grbj.com/opinion/guest-column/move-away-from-college-entrance-exams/

Worth Reading Pandemic Creates Opportunity to Rethink Role of Standardized Tests
https://www.uml.edu/news/stories/2020/education-testing.aspx
Worth Reading Students Score Lower Taking Online Tests
https://www.edutopia.org/article/standardized-tests-students-face-online-penalty

Bob Schaeffer, interim Executive DirectorFairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testingoffice-  (239) 395-6773    mobile-  (239) 699-0468web-  http://www.fairtest.org

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