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On January 10th, 2013 the entire teaching faculty at Garfield High School (with only three abstentions) voted to support a boycott against administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The staff cited the following reasons for doing so:
On January 21, 2013 Seattle School Superintendent José Banda sent a message to all staff members, defending the exams and asking principals to make sure the tests are completed by February 22, 2013.
On January 23, 2013 Paul Apostle, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resource sent a letter to Principals and staff indicating that teachers who refuse to administer the MAP test will be suspended for 10 days without pay.
In the days that followed, the Garfield High School (GHS) PTSA, the Garfield Associated Student Body (ASB), GHS Alumni, several Seattle schools and various education groups from across the country publicly voiced their support of the Garfield HS faculty.
What can you do to support Garfield High School teachers?
1. Opt your student out of the MAP test. You can do this by emailing Testing Coordinator Kris McBride at email@example.com or by filling out this form and returning it to Kris McBride, Garfield’s testing coordinator. Send in the form with your student (drop off at front office), or mail it to: Kris McBride, Testing Coordinator, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. Please note that there are absolutely no consequences for opting your student out of MAP testing; the test scores are not part of the student’s academic record. If you have questions, contact Ms. McBride via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (206) 252-2362
2. Voice your opinion on MAP testing by contacting :
3. Become involved on Wednesday, February 6th, a National Day of Action to support the MAP Boycott. Learn more about how to get involved here.
For more information about the MAP test, and to read and listen to some local media coverage of the boycott please check out the links below: