The next round of MAP® testing for Seattle’s obsessively tested school kids will be administered as soon as next Monday Dec. 13.

We’ve just learned that parents and guardians who want to opt their kids out of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®) test may need to do so for every MAP session — that is, send three separate opt-out letters each year.

One opt-out letter at the beginning of the year may not cover all three testing sessions.

To opt-out of MAP: parents/guardians need to write a short letter to their school’s MAP administrator stating that they want their child to be exempt for that session.

I think a letter to the principal and relevant teachers is also a good idea.

These are the MAP test dates for this academic year, as posted on the SPS site:

Sept. 20-Oct. 15, 2010
Dec. 13-Jan.21, 2010
May 23 – June 14, 2010

For more discussion on the pros and cons of the MAP® test, visit the Seattle Public Schools community blog: Map Opt-Out.

–sp.

12/7/10 11:28 AM