The MAP Test can now monitor a child’s psyche, or so they think

Original Title: And You Thought Standardized Tests Were Bad. Reposted with permission from Save Maine Schools – Helping You Navigate Next-Gen Ed Reform. NWEA recently received an award from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning for this feature, which not only … Continue reading The MAP Test can now monitor a child’s psyche, or so they think

Introducing the Decision to Support the Whole Child Refusal Form

It’s no secret that refusal forms provided by school districts are designed to shame and intimidate parents into second guessing their decision to keep their children from participating in high states testing. One Seattle parent wasn’t impressed with Seattle Public … Continue reading Introducing the Decision to Support the Whole Child Refusal Form

Common Core Standards SBAC testing, the bully principal…and more

Public school is based on the the principle of inclusion, not exclusion. Kids are accepted however they arrive through the front door. Different ethnic backgrounds, economic status, personal triumphs or challenges –everyone is on equal footing. Most importantly, serving the … Continue reading Common Core Standards SBAC testing, the bully principal…and more

One of Top Ten Op-ed’s this year: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test

  The Seattle Times just posted their top ten most-read opinion pieces of the year and Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian was on the list at #8. And guess what? All of those corporate reform pieces penned by the Seattle Times staff and our local Gates representatives in the guise of the League of Education Voters (LEV), Stand for Children (SFC) and the Alliance for Education (A4E) “thought leaders” that came out on a routine basis this year? Zero. That’s one for the home team. To follow is the op-ed: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test WALKING the same halls once … Continue reading One of Top Ten Op-ed’s this year: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test

Panel on student testing at Town Hall in Seattle

On Tuesday September 17th at 7:30 PM there will be a panel discussion on standardized testing at Town Hall in Seattle titled To Test or Not to Test? The panelists will include our very own Wayne Au, PhD who is an Associate Professor at UW Bothell. Dr. Au’s research focuses on educational equity, high-stakes testing, curriculum theory, educational policy studies and social studies education. One of the courses that Wayne Au teaches is Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Secondary Social Studies and History. He is also an Editorial Board Member for Rethinking Schools and has written many articles on the subject … Continue reading Panel on student testing at Town Hall in Seattle

The MAP has been scrapped in Seattle high schools

From the teachers at Garfield High School: At 2:06 pm on Monday, May 13th, a message from Seattle school superintendent Jose Banda stated: “High schools may opt out of MAP in 2013-14.” Banda was referring to the controversial Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), which has been boycotted by teachers in several Seattle high schools since January because of the deep flaws in the test, which is not aligned with the school curriculum and was brought to Seattle Public Schools through what a state investigator found was a conflict of interest. The boycott gave a boost to the national movement against … Continue reading The MAP has been scrapped in Seattle high schools

The Opt Out Update: Student Walkout in Denver, New York parents suing the state and much, much more.

First up, the students speak up. From Students4OurSchools:     On May 10th, we the students will be standing up for our education. We advocate for an authentic education where we are evaluated by portfolios, self-directed projects and self-written evaluations. We will also be asking for a passion-driven curriculum.  We encourage students to walkout during lunch and meet us at the Colorado State Capitol. From there, we will have speeches, a march and a teach-in demonstration where we will be discussing how we want our society to look like.  We will be asking for: -A democratic education, wherein the biggest … Continue reading The Opt Out Update: Student Walkout in Denver, New York parents suing the state and much, much more.

Two more schools join the Seattle MAP test boycott and USDOE study on the MAP gives it a failing grade

   …and the Washington Education Association Assembly has voted to support the boycott.      Ingraham High School and Thornton Creek Elementary have joined the MAP test boycott which brings the number of schools opting out of the MAP test to seven. 30 teachers at Roosevelt High School have also joined the protest and teachers at Franklin High School stated that if the test is to be given next year, they will boycott the MAP test also.      The list of boycotting schools as of today is: Ballard High School The Center School Chief Sealth International High School Garfield High School … Continue reading Two more schools join the Seattle MAP test boycott and USDOE study on the MAP gives it a failing grade

No reprimand for the MAP boycotting teachers in Seattle

Excerpts from the Scrap the MAP website: Superintendent Banda promised that teachers who boycotted the MAP test would be disciplined, but because of the overwhelming solidarity from around the nation, he was forced to back down. In his letter he tries to save face by saying that no test coordinators or teachers in tested subjects boycotted the test–which is completely false, as just about every teacher at Garfield signed their name to the statement that saying they boycotted the test. I’m not sure how he could even suggest that! Thanks to everyone who passed a resolution, demonstrated, raised money, emailed … Continue reading No reprimand for the MAP boycotting teachers in Seattle

The Opt Out Update

By the way, the third MAP test which is given in the Fall is solely for the use of NWEA. That’s why it’s “optional”. We’re spending precious resources and time so that NWEA can have more test scores to plug into their database. That’s right people. You will note on the Seattle Public School (SPS) website that the Fall test is optional. It’s not needed by SPS for the purpose of tracking student data. NWEA should be paying us for that one. POP Quiz: OK Seattleites, look in the right hand corner at the “Note to self” and tell me, … Continue reading The Opt Out Update

Scrap the MAP Forum with Diane Ravitch

Scrap the MAP Organizing Committee presents: Scrap the MAP Forum: The Struggle for Quality Assessment   Featuring: Diane Ravitch – Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education (via Skype)   DATE: Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 6:30PM LOCATION: University of Washington — Physics & Astronomy Bldg room A102 Seattle teachers at Garfield High School, Ballard High School, Chief Sealth High School, the Center School, and Orca K-8 School voted to stop administering the widely used, yet highly unfair standardized Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. They are now facing threats of “consequences” for refusing to give the test. Students and parents … Continue reading Scrap the MAP Forum with Diane Ravitch