95% of Garfield High School’s 11th graders have opted out of the Common Core SBAC

This just in. 95% of the Garfield High School 11th graders in Seattle have opted out of the Common Core SBAC tests. This is the same class that made history when they opted out of the MAP test en masse. … Continue reading 95% of Garfield High School’s 11th graders have opted out of the Common Core SBAC

Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s scare tactics re: Opting Out of the Common Core SBAC

Dorn Speaks Out on Consequences of Test Refusals…Notated The following is a press release that State Superintendent Randy Dorn sent on Friday, April 24th in response to the number of opt out that are occurring around the state of Washington … Continue reading Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s scare tactics re: Opting Out of the Common Core SBAC

An Open Letter to Superintendent Nyland from the Opt Outs

Dear Superintendent Nyland, I recently attended a meeting where several SPS teachers spoke candidly about the culture of fear you are cultivating around SBAC testing and I find it to be absolutely appalling. They spoke of the extreme stress and … Continue reading An Open Letter to Superintendent Nyland from the Opt Outs

Seattle King County NAACP Statement on the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)

The following statement was read at the NAACP press conference on the Common Core Standards SBAC test: It is the position of the Seattle King County Branch of the NAACP to come out against the Smarter Balanced Assessment Tests. Commonly … Continue reading Seattle King County NAACP Statement on the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)

Press conference in Seattle on SBAC testing

Press conference on SBAC testing: Opt Out Movement Biggest in Seattle’s History A gathering of community groups, parents, teachers and students from across Seattle question the equity and validity of SBAC testing Garfield High School teachers and parents to announce their opposition to high stakes testing. Technological malfunctions are creating testing chaos in schools. Seattle/King County NAACP to announce position on the new SBAC exam. Opt out numbers from schools around Seattle will be revealed. Who: Parents, students and teachers from schools across Seattle, including Nathan Hale, Garfield, NOVA, Franklin, Chief Sealth, Dearborn Park, and more. Seattle Opt Out group … Continue reading Press conference in Seattle on SBAC testing

Everett teachers come out against the SBAC

From Mariner High School in Everett, Washington: A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL OF THE SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT WHEREAS, the motto of Mariner High School is to “provide an excellent education to every student;” and WHEREAS, the Smarter Balanced Assessment is not … Continue reading Everett teachers come out against the SBAC

Teachers at Redmond Middle School Object to the Common Core SBAC

From Diane Ravitch’s Blog: Teachers in Washington State Speak Out Against Common Core Testing REDMOND, Washington-March 26, 2015-Teachers at Redmond Middle School in the Lake Washington School District have publicly announced their objection to the “Smarter Balanced Assessments” to be … Continue reading Teachers at Redmond Middle School Object to the Common Core SBAC

Notes from the field: The Nathan Hale Rally

What was to be a forum presented by the League of Women Voters and the Seattle PTA with some of our state representatives there to field questions on funding for public schools quickly turned into a rally when a teacher from Nathan Hale High School brought down the house while talking about the SBAC and its unfairness to students and families. At the end of his speech, parents started chanting “Opt out, opt out, opt out!” and stomping their feet. Soon, the entire gymnasium exploded with excitement as the chant caught on and everyone was on their feet clapping, stamping … Continue reading Notes from the field: The Nathan Hale Rally