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.

Common Sense Questions About the Common Core Test

I came across this article today while Googling information about the SBAC and is well worth a read. From eduresearcher by Roxana Marachi, PhD: Critical Questions about Computerized Assessments and SmarterBalanced Test Scores A recent report from the Public Policy Institute reveals that … Continue reading Common Sense Questions About the Common Core Test

It’s taking four months to send out results of the COMPUTERIZED Common Core Standards SBAC test. Really.

After millions of dollars in tests, workbooks, texts and technology along with weeks of lost library time and class time, this CCS SBAC test that is to close the achievement gap, part the seas and bring about world peace… is … Continue reading It’s taking four months to send out results of the COMPUTERIZED Common Core Standards SBAC test. Really.

A Parent’s Testimony at the Seattle NAACP Press Conference about SBAC testing

  My name is Carolyn Leith and I’m a member of the Seattle Opt Out Group. I’m also a parent of a 3rd grader at Olympic View Elementary. Already, 3rd graders at Olympic View have spent six hours of class … Continue reading A Parent’s Testimony at the Seattle NAACP Press Conference about SBAC testing

Have you received a robo-call from Ready Washington about the wonders of Common Core Standards and the SBAC? If so, this is why

People around the state are receiving robo-calls from a (Gates backed Teachers United) teacher who was declared “Teacher of the Year” by The Office of the State Superintendent (OSPI) which is headed by the State Superintendent Randy Dorn. Mr. Dorn is also … Continue reading Have you received a robo-call from Ready Washington about the wonders of Common Core Standards and the SBAC? If so, this is why

Pearson and others are exploiting our children by using them to establish the validity, or lack thereof, of the SBAC

The state and school district are spending millions of dollars to buy the copyrighted tests, texts and teaching materials, purchasing computers and setting up the technology to administer the SBAC. We are not only paying in terms of cash but … Continue reading Pearson and others are exploiting our children by using them to establish the validity, or lack thereof, of the SBAC

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

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

Will the US Department of Education take your school’s Title 1 funds if you opt your student out of the SBAC? Short answer, no.

There is no federal or state law that requires financial penalties to schools’ Title I funds if parents refuse to allow their children to take the PARCC tests. The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law did include a mandate … Continue reading Will the US Department of Education take your school’s Title 1 funds if you opt your student out of the SBAC? Short answer, no.

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