Join a discussion with Southeast Seattle families and teachers on Standardized Testing and “Opting Out”:

Join a discussion with southeast Seattle families and teachers Standardized Testing and “Opting Out”:   What are the impacts on our region’s diverse schools and students? Wednesday, March 25, 6:00-7:30 pm Hillman City Collaboratory 5623 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA Seattle 98118 Sponsored … Continue reading Join a discussion with Southeast Seattle families and teachers on Standardized Testing and “Opting Out”:

46th District Seattle Democrats pass a resolution to support Nathan Hale High School teachers who do not administer the SBAC

This resolution is a shortened version of other legislative district resolutions but it does show support for the Nathan Hale teachers who choose not to administer the SBAC. I have a feeling that the 46th will have wished they passed … Continue reading 46th District Seattle Democrats pass a resolution to support Nathan Hale High School teachers who do not administer the SBAC

Testing resistance around the country, now a national movement: A state-by-state update

#PARCCWALKOUT for updates From Fair Test with additions made in italics: Testing Resistance & Reform News As the peak of spring standardized exam season nears, parents, students, teachers, superintendents, school board members, and state officials are escalating campaigns to stop … Continue reading Testing resistance around the country, now a national movement: A state-by-state update

The 32nd Democratic Legislative District passes a “Resolution in Support of Nathan Hale High School Educators”

Resolution in Support of Nathan Hale HS Educators’ Decision Not to Require Students to Take 11th Grade Smarter Balance Assessments  Whereas the educators at Nathan Hale High School, via their Senate, have decided not to give the 11th grade Smarter … Continue reading The 32nd Democratic Legislative District passes a “Resolution in Support of Nathan Hale High School Educators”

Teachers at Schmitz Park Elementary School join with Nathan Hale in concerns on the reliability and validity of the SBAC

The following letter was sent on March 5, 2015: March 5, 2015 Dear Principal Hudson and the Nathan Hale Senate: We, the undersigned teachers of Schmitz Park, join with the Nathan Hale Senate in its concerns over the validity, reliability, and equity of SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) including the questionable cut score strategy.  Like the Nathan Hale Senate, we are also concerned with the loss of instructional time devoted to this questionable test.  We stand with you in asserting a commitment to a judicious use of valid, reliable, and equitable assessments.  We urge parents to inform themselves about the … Continue reading Teachers at Schmitz Park Elementary School join with Nathan Hale in concerns on the reliability and validity of the SBAC

Long Island Superintendent Dr. Joseph Rella: Common Core Standards, “A mess” and articulates exactly why

Long Island Superintendent Joseph Rella has been a forceful and articulate critic of public school reform in New York State. At this East Northport Community information meeting, he exposes Governor Cuomo’s actual school agenda.     NY School Superintendent Letter … Continue reading Long Island Superintendent Dr. Joseph Rella: Common Core Standards, “A mess” and articulates exactly why

Nathan Hale High School in Seattle says “No!” to the Common Core Standards SBAC test

The Common Core Standards associated Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam, the SBAC, will be implemented in March in the Seattle school district but this afternoon the Nathan Hale High School Senate, which functions as the Building Leadership Team typically made up … Continue reading Nathan Hale High School in Seattle says “No!” to the Common Core Standards SBAC test

School Superintendents (and Principals), stop harassing parents for opting their children out of the Common Core SBAC Test

  From Jonathan Peltro’s education blog, “Wait, What!”: School Superintendents! Stop harassing parents for opting their children out of the Common Core SBAC Test With the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Testing beginning in less than a month, … Continue reading School Superintendents (and Principals), stop harassing parents for opting their children out of the Common Core SBAC Test

New York resolution to support the “I refuse” movement

From the Port Jefferson Teachers Association website: New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), NY BATs, Lace to the Top (LttT), STCaucus, Long Island Opt-Out (LIOO), and the Port Jefferson Station Teacher’s Association (PJSTA) have collaborated to write the … Continue reading New York resolution to support the “I refuse” movement

United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Teach for America’s worst nightmare

This is an amazing group. From their website: United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is the nation’s largest youth-led, student labor campaign organization, with affiliated locals on over 150 campuses. USAS affiliates run both local and nationally-coordinated campaigns for economic justice … Continue reading United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Teach for America’s worst nightmare