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

Wayne Au, PhD: How a whiter Seattle creates more education inequities

Dr. Wayne Au is an Associate Professor of Education at the School of Educational Studies at University of Washington, Bothell, and an editor for Rethinking Schools, a magazine focused on issues of educational justice. He is a product of Seattle Public Schools (Garfield Class of ’90), and he earned his BA and MIT from The Evergreen State College. He also taught in Seattle Public Schools (including teaching at a program for drop outs) and in the Berkeley Unified School District before getting his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a minor in Education Policy Studies, from the University of Wisconsin, … Continue reading Wayne Au, PhD: How a whiter Seattle creates more education inequities

The ESSA: A renewed attack on parents’ and students’ rights

Reposted from SocialistWorker.org:   The education deform empire strikes back by Marilena Marchetti The battle over high-stakes testing and the future of public education is back in play after the Obama administration’s latest moves. THE PROPOSED regulations for national implementation … Continue reading The ESSA: A renewed attack on parents’ and students’ rights

Erin Jones’ Statement on the Seattle School Board’s Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

In a five to one vote with Director 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 Erin Jones’ Statement on the Seattle School Board’s Request to Pursue Alternative to the SBAC

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

Washington BADASS Teachers (WA BATS) Opt-Out Cheer Squad

As Washington BADASS Teachers (WA-BATS), we believe that everyone should do anything and everything they can to fight the so-called “reforms” that are destroying our public schools.  Unfortunately, the reality is that currently employed educational employees have to be very … Continue reading Washington BADASS Teachers (WA BATS) Opt-Out Cheer Squad

An interview with Washington State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones

  Erin Jones is running for Washington State Superintendent to be in charge of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). According to the OSPI webpage, it is “the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington state”. Presently, … Continue reading An interview with Washington State Superintendent Candidate Erin Jones

Video: Seattle teachers talk about the Seattle Education Association strike at the NWTSJ conference

For the first time in 30 years, Seattle educators went on strike for the schools Seattle students deserve and for the working conditions and compensation the teachers deserve. After five days on the picket lines, supported by close to 100 … Continue reading Video: Seattle teachers talk about the Seattle Education Association strike at the NWTSJ conference

Testing, Charters and Strikes, oh my! Video of panel with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au and Dora Taylor

On October 17 of this year, Jesse, Wayne and I spoke on a panel at the annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference sponsored by Rethinking Schools about the testing opt out movement, the recent Seattle teachers’ strike and the Washington State … Continue reading Testing, Charters and Strikes, oh my! Video of panel with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au and Dora Taylor

Obama’s regret: “Taking the joy out of teaching and learning”

Obama’s call to reduce testing to 2% of the school year still requires students to take standardized tests for an outlandish twenty-four hours.  And it isn’t even all the time directly spent taking the tests that’s the biggest problem. The … Continue reading Obama’s regret: “Taking the joy out of teaching and learning”

A letter to give your principal at the beginning of the school year on testing

…or any time during the school year. From the Parents Across America website: Model Parent Letter on Testing A PAA-Roanoke Valley leader Laura Bowman shared this excellent model letter prepared by her PAA chapter for parents to bring to school … Continue reading A letter to give your principal at the beginning of the school year on testing