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No Thank You to Naviance

Reposted with permission from Feral Families. The district has designed a scope and sequence of how to use Naviance with a focus on 11th and 12th grade but actual implementation will be left school to school. Once parents have forfeited … Continue reading No Thank You to Naviance

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Stealing Vocational Dreams: Pushing Career Education Too Soon

Reposted with permission from Nancy Bailey’s Education Website. To some extent it is necessary to forecast the kinds of jobs that will be available to students when they graduate. Businesses have every right to express their needs. But steering children into … Continue reading Stealing Vocational Dreams: Pushing Career Education Too Soon

Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. ESSA was designed to open the flood gates for neoliberal profiteers to not only profit from public educations services (I,e. tests or curriculum) but to completely own it… “Social impact bond projects are very definitely privatisation. PFI/PPP projects … Continue reading Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

What’s the big secret about the SBAC and PARCC test questions?

Back in the day, after I took a test and it was graded, I got my test paper back to see what questions I got wrong. It was part of the learning process. It seems these days that Pearson doesn’t … Continue reading What’s the big secret about the SBAC and PARCC test questions?

From the Vermont Education Agency to parents: These SBAC test scores don’t mean anything

These tests are based on a narrow definition of “college and career ready.” In truth, there are many different careers and colleges and there are just as many different definitions of essential skills. In fact, many (if not most) successful … Continue reading From the Vermont Education Agency to parents: These SBAC test scores don’t mean anything

Seattle opt-out numbers for 2014-2015. It’s on!

Seattle had an incredible first year resisting the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). To see what occurred statewide, see 48,000+ students refused the testocracy in Washington State by opting out. This isn’t an “anomaly”, it’s an uprising. Let’s take a look at … Continue reading Seattle opt-out numbers for 2014-2015. It’s on!

48,000+ students refused the testocracy in Washington State by opting out. This isn’t an “anomaly”, it’s an uprising

How many students opted out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) in Washington State?  Short answer: More than you probably imagined. Now that the final numbers are out, let’s dig in and see what happened. 11th Grade We knew … Continue reading 48,000+ students refused the testocracy in Washington State by opting out. This isn’t an “anomaly”, it’s an uprising

House Bill 2214 : Randy Dorn is not doing us any favors: Tax dollars for a Common Core Standards PR campaign and more

House Bill 2214: “AN ACT Relating to increasing academic rigor and streamlining 2 assessment requirements for high school students.” Just how far are we going to allow the state to determine local curriculum, how the curriculum is taught and how … Continue reading House Bill 2214 : Randy Dorn is not doing us any favors: Tax dollars for a Common Core Standards PR campaign and more

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

The Opt Out Lounge at STEM Seattle

I’ve been asking for opt-out stories and here is one that takes the cake: SBAC Sit-In: aka The Opt Out Lounge at STEM by Hannah Danforth West Seattle’s Louisa Boren STEM K-8 school just wrapped their first round of SBAC testing for fourth and fifth graders this week. STEM’s staff was extremely supportive of those students who Opted Out. Tutors gave up their classroom during the week in order to accommodate our supervised, student led choice time. We wanted the Opt Out experience to be more than just refusing the test and sitting silently in the office all day. So, … Continue reading The Opt Out Lounge at STEM Seattle

Parents Across America opposes Common Core Standards, the PARCC and SBAC tests

Parents Across America opposes both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the associated tests created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). We wish to place our … Continue reading Parents Across America opposes Common Core Standards, the PARCC and SBAC tests

Nova High School Common Core SBAC opt outs at 100% for 10th and 11th graders

Nova High School, an “option school” in Seattle that offers project based, student oriented learning with a focus on critical and creative thinking, broke the record in terms of opt outs in Seattle with 100% of the 10th and 11th graders opting … Continue reading Nova High School Common Core SBAC opt outs at 100% for 10th and 11th graders