An alternative to high stakes testing works. New York schools have proven it.

71 percent of English language learners in New York Performance Standards Consortium schools graduated on time in 2015, versus 37 percent across New York City, where all but two of the consortium schools are located. This is a model that teachers at Garfield … Continue reading An alternative to high stakes testing works. New York schools have proven it.

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

The Opt Out Update: From the Northwest to the “anti-testing tsunami” in New York to Pennsylvania where the hallways and classroom walls are covered with brown paper for three weeks

Update to the update, April 17, 2015: Thousands of students opt out of state mandated English Language Arts exam as families from Brooklyn to Buffalo boycott tests It’s an anti-testing tsunami. Thousands of families across the Empire State said no … Continue reading The Opt Out Update: From the Northwest to the “anti-testing tsunami” in New York to Pennsylvania where the hallways and classroom walls are covered with brown paper for three weeks

Video of press conference: The King County NAACP comes out against the Common Core SBAC and Garfield High School does it again

There was a press conference this week on the growing resistance to the Common Core SBAC in Seattle. Parents, students and teachers from schools across Seattle, including Nathan Hale, Garfield, NOVA, Franklin and Chief Sealth high schools, Dearborn Park Elementary … Continue reading Video of press conference: The King County NAACP comes out against the Common Core SBAC and Garfield High School does it again

One of Top Ten Op-ed’s this year: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test

  The Seattle Times just posted their top ten most-read opinion pieces of the year and Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian was on the list at #8. And guess what? All of those corporate reform pieces penned by the Seattle Times staff and our local Gates representatives in the guise of the League of Education Voters (LEV), Stand for Children (SFC) and the Alliance for Education (A4E) “thought leaders” that came out on a routine basis this year? Zero. That’s one for the home team. To follow is the op-ed: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test WALKING the same halls once … Continue reading One of Top Ten Op-ed’s this year: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test

The MAP has been scrapped in Seattle high schools

From the teachers at Garfield High School: At 2:06 pm on Monday, May 13th, a message from Seattle school superintendent Jose Banda stated: “High schools may opt out of MAP in 2013-14.” Banda was referring to the controversial Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), which has been boycotted by teachers in several Seattle high schools since January because of the deep flaws in the test, which is not aligned with the school curriculum and was brought to Seattle Public Schools through what a state investigator found was a conflict of interest. The boycott gave a boost to the national movement against … Continue reading The MAP has been scrapped in Seattle high schools

Webinar: Teacher Jesse Hagopian of Garfield High School- How it can happen at your school

A webinar with Garfield High School Teacher Jesse Hagopian A free webinar featuring Jesse Hagopian, Garfield teacher and alumnus, as he discusses the background and current state of the fight to Scrap The Map. Today at 5pm PST. You must register via email to receive an invitation to the webinar: Write to garfieldteacherswebinar@gmail.com You will then receive a link to the webinar and easy technical directions for utilizing the free, online, web meeting service.   Continue reading Webinar: Teacher Jesse Hagopian of Garfield High School- How it can happen at your school

Seattle MAP Boycott update: Students refuse to take the MAP test

One of the main reasons the students dislike the MAP test is not only because of the waste of time, but it closes the library. We were told today that the library and all 4 computer labs will be closed at all times for the rest of February for MAP testing. That means no books, computers, internet, or printing-which many students rely on. Garfield High School student After being pressured by the superintendent to administer the MAP test days earlier than required, students refused to take the MAP test. In some classes it was 100% participation. In those classes, the … Continue reading Seattle MAP Boycott update: Students refuse to take the MAP test

Seattle Teachers Maintain MAP Boycott: District forced to back down: Suspension Threat Verbally Rescinded

This just in: Seattle School District forced to evade Garfield teachers in their attempt to implement MAP test. Quality Assessment Remains out of Reach Teachers Maintain Boycott District forced to back down: Suspension Threat Verbally Rescinded Because of Garfield High School teachers’ boycott of the MAP test, Seattle School District is attempting to implement MAP testing at Garfield without teacher involvement. The administration, by order of the district office, today began to pull students out of classes to take the test that teachers maintain does not support instruction and is statistically invalid. The teachers don’t place any blame on the … Continue reading Seattle Teachers Maintain MAP Boycott: District forced to back down: Suspension Threat Verbally Rescinded

Action Alert! Seattle Supe forcing teachers to give MAP test today: Please sign the petition to cancel the MAP test in Seattle

This just in: According to sources at Garfield High School, the teachers will NOT administer the test today and many students will not take the MAP test in support of the teachers and with the support of the Garfield High School PTSA. Notes opting students out of the MAP test are “pouring in” today and the PTSA has implemented a well-coordinated system to support students who are opting out today. THE BOYCOTT STILL STANDS! From Garfield High School PTSA February 4, 2013 An Important Message from our PTSA President…. The Board of the PTSA was surprised and chagrined to learn … Continue reading Action Alert! Seattle Supe forcing teachers to give MAP test today: Please sign the petition to cancel the MAP test in Seattle

February 6th: National Day of Action to support the MAP Boycott

On January 10th, 2013 the entire teaching faculty at Garfield High School (with only three abstentions) voted to support a boycott against administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The staff cited the following reasons for doing so: MAP does not test students on curriculum taught in classroom. Teacher evaluations will be partly based on MAP outcomes. Many students, knowing that the MAP test is not a graduation requirement and will not impact their grades, don’t take it seriously. The MAP, specifically, is a waste of time and money, and monopolizes limited school resources (such as computers) during the weeks … Continue reading February 6th: National Day of Action to support the MAP Boycott

National Day of Action to Support Seattle MAP test Boycott:

National Day of Action to Support Seattle MAP test Boycott “We demand quality assessment!” Wear Red on Wed for Ed! Scrap the MAP! What: The City-wide Scrap the MAP Organizing Committee is calling on Educators, Students, Parents and supporters of Public Education nation-wide to take action in support of Garfield High School teachers and all teachers in Seattle Public Schools refusing to administer the MAP test. Teachers at Garfield High School and other Seattle Public Schools have gained national attention and support for their stand against the Measure of Academic Progress, for its invalidity, waste of time and resources and … Continue reading National Day of Action to Support Seattle MAP test Boycott: