Why Delinking Graduation from the Smarter Balanced Assessment & Other Tests is the Right Thing to Do.

I am writing to encourage everyone who values the 13 years of hard work completed by students as they reach their senior year to call their state legislators. My request is simple: ask your legislator to pass HB 1046. This … Continue reading Why Delinking Graduation from the Smarter Balanced Assessment & Other Tests is the Right Thing to Do.

The ESSA and opting out of the SBAC

Some state departments of education have threatened to withhold a high school diploma if a student doesn’t take and pass a so-called college readiness test in grade 11. However, no state legislature has passed a statute linking the award of … Continue reading The ESSA and opting out of the SBAC

Study shows the Common Core PARCC test does not determine college readiness

Is the SBAC any different? The PARCC tests have been criticized for being administered in high-stakes circumstances before they were validated. PARCC’s rejoinder is they had content validity, meaning that the test was built according to their committee reviewed specifications. … Continue reading Study shows the Common Core PARCC test does not determine college readiness

Seattle Public School Board votes to pursue alternative to SBAC under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

  In a five to one vote with Stephan Blanford giving the lone “No” vote, the Seattle School Board passed a resolution ,sponsored by Directors Sue Peters and Rick Burke, in favor of requesting the state to provide an alternative summative test to … Continue reading Seattle Public School Board votes to pursue alternative to SBAC under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

We are asking the OSPI State Superintendent candidates their position on opting out

The following letter was sent to each candidate for Superintendent of Public instruction. Their responses will be published on May 1st. -editor. Hello Candidates, My name is Carolyn Leith and I am co-editor of the blog Seattle Education. At a … Continue reading We are asking the OSPI State Superintendent candidates their position on opting out

Tests and testing in Seattle: Do you know how many tests your student takes in one year?

The answer is “probably not”. No one within the Seattle Public School District, besides School Board Director Sue Peters, seems to be concerned or be able to accurately report to the board the number of tests that our students take … Continue reading Tests and testing in Seattle: Do you know how many tests your student takes in one year?

High-Stakes Testing is a Social Justice Issue

And here is why. 5 Reasons Why High-Stakes Testing Is a Social Justice Issue by Jon Greenberg and Gerardine Carroll Few things please parents more than learning that their children are invigorated about and engaged in their education, perhaps deconstructing … Continue reading High-Stakes Testing is a Social Justice Issue