ImageChief Sealth High School teachers just issued the following resolution:

Whereas, the students, parents, teachers & staff find the MAP test to be negatively costly in the amount of educational time, money and resources required for its administration;

Whereas, the Seattle Public Schools and its teachers already administer the HSPE, the End of Course exams, the DAPE, in addition to the many classroom-based assessments and placement tests in subject areas;

Whereas, we as educators are committed to eliminating the achievement gap and believe the expenditure of resources on the MAP would be more appropriately and effectively used in direct instruction and support of students;

Whereas, the MAP test is not a useful tool to inform instruction of secondary school students;

Whereas, the MAP test is not connected to our curricula;

Whereas, the MAP test has been re-purposed by district administration to form part of a teacher’s evaluation, which is contrary to the purposes it was designed for, as stated by its purveyor;

Whereas, the MAP test has also been re-purposed for student placement in courses and programs, for which it was not designed;

Whereas, the technology administration of the MAP test has serious flaws district wide, which wastes student’s time and makes them feel disrespected;

Whereas, the MAP test’s reported testing errors are greater than students’ expected growth;

Whereas, the MAP test is not taken seriously by students, and test scores are often wildly inconsistent, rendering them useless;

Whereas, the MAP test was purchased under circumstances that represented a conflict of interest (our former superintendent, while employed by Seattle Public Schools sat on the board of the NWEA, the purveyor of the MAP test, when the contract was signed. This was undisclosed to her employer.);

Whereas, the MAP test was and remains unwanted, unneeded and unsolicited by SPS professional classroom educators, those who work directly with students;

Be it resolved that we, the undersigned educators from Chief Sealth International High School do hereby support statements and actions of our colleagues at Garfield High School regarding the MAP test. Furthermore, we join our colleagues in their boycott and refuse to administer the MAP test to students at Chief Sealth International High School.

We join them in this stand in the interest of developing quality assessments that truly measure the education of our students over the long term; tests that are developed by teachers or with the input of teachers, are rigorous, fair, produce useful data and are respectful of all of our students.  We believe the MAP test program throughout the Seattle Public Schools ought to be eliminated immediately. It has been and continues to be counterproductive and an embarrassing mistake that breeds widespread student, staff and parent resentment;

Be it further resolved that we call on the Seattle Public Schools to include educators and the community in all future decisions regarding standardized testing and assessments.