Chief Sealth High School teachers boycott the MAP Test

Chief Sealth High School teachers just issued the following resolution: Whereas, the students, parents, teachers & staff find the MAP test to be negatively costly in the amount of educational time, money and resources required for its administration; Whereas, the Seattle Public Schools and its teachers already administer the HSPE, the End of Course exams, the DAPE, in addition to the many classroom-based assessments and placement tests in subject areas; Whereas, we as educators are committed to eliminating the achievement gap and believe the expenditure of resources on the MAP would be more appropriately and effectively used in direct instruction … Continue reading Chief Sealth High School teachers boycott the MAP Test

An eloquent letter of support for the MAP test boycott from the teachers at Roosevelt High School

Wednesday/January 23, 2012 This We Believe: Teachers, parents, students, school board members and the administration of Seattle Public Schools owe Garfield High School teachers their gratitude and thanks for speaking the truth. We believe that any reprimand or negative consequences imposed by Seattle Public Schools, the superintendent or administration on the truth-telling teachers of Garfield High School would be unjust. Garfield High School teachers should be given public commendations for rightly raising their professional concerns and specific critique of our district’s choice and misuse of the Measures of Academic Progress® [MAP] testing. An unspoken truth is that most Seattle Public … Continue reading An eloquent letter of support for the MAP test boycott from the teachers at Roosevelt High School

Seattle Superintendent threatens punitive actions against boycotting teachers: A Seattle teacher responds, others around the country write letters in protest

Yesterday a letter was sent to all of the public schools in Seattle from Paul Apostle, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, requiring that the letter be read to all teachers on staff. To follow is the body of the letter: Dear Principals, I am writing today to help provide support and guidance around the recent issue of certain teachers refusing to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment to our students. We ask that each principal by the end of the school day provide a clear directive to all administrative and teaching staff that the MAP assessment must be … Continue reading Seattle Superintendent threatens punitive actions against boycotting teachers: A Seattle teacher responds, others around the country write letters in protest

Teachers at Chief Sealth International High School join the MAP test boycott

Several teachers on staff at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle signed the following letter: Be it resolved that we, the undersigned educators from Chief Sealth International High School, do hereby support statements and actions of our colleagues at Garfield High School regarding the MAP test. Furthermore, we join our colleagues in their boycott and refuse to administer the MAP test to students at Chief Sealth International High School.    Continue reading Teachers at Chief Sealth International High School join the MAP test boycott

Superintendent’s Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Committee supports MAP test boycott

SEAAC (Superintendent’s Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Committee) and concerned parents stand with the Garfield High School staff in opposing the MAP test for any use in high schools. The test covers materials not routinely taught to general education students. There is no reason for the test, and the results aren’t used for any purpose benefiting the students. SEAAC further believes that MAP testing should not be used to evaluate educators. We hope the district moves away from more standards based testing, and away from more standardization. Our students are not standard. Who wants kids to be standard anyway? SEAAC … Continue reading Superintendent’s Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Committee supports MAP test boycott

Scrap the MAP! Rally Tomorrow

Scrap the MAP! Rally Tomorrow, January 23rd Educators, parents and students are opposing the MAP test at many Seattle schools at this time. Why? · The test isn’t based on school curriculum or state standards. It does not test critical thinking or creativity. · The test is being misused for student placement and evaluating teachers, despite the testmaker’s warnings against this. · The data is inconsistent and undependable (predicted errors are greater than expected student gains). · Students do not take it seriously because they know it is a joke. Most do worse when tested the second time. · The … Continue reading Scrap the MAP! Rally Tomorrow

The MAP test boycott has spread through Seattle

In a press conference that was held this morning at Garfield High School, it was announced that additional schools and the SEA Substitute Association have joined the teachers at Garfield High School in protest of the MAP test and in support of the teachers. Teachers at Orca K-8 and the elementary section of Salmon Bay K-8 have joined the boycott and are refusing to give the MAP test. Other schools that have taken positions in support of the boycott are Franklin High School, Ballard High School, West Seattle High School, Center School, Sanislo Elementary School and Schmitz Elementary School. The … Continue reading The MAP test boycott has spread through Seattle