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)

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?

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

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

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.

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

95% of the Juniors at Ballard High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

The numbers keep rolling in and tell the story. A related story: Ingraham High School staff objects to the SBAC. Dora Taylor “As a former teacher, I know that ‘No Child Left Behind’ isn’t working for Montana’s students or teachers. … Continue reading 95% of the Juniors at Ballard High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

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

Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s scare tactics re: Opting Out of the Common Core SBAC

Dorn Speaks Out on Consequences of Test Refusals…Notated The following is a press release that State Superintendent Randy Dorn sent on Friday, April 24th in response to the number of opt out that are occurring around the state of Washington … Continue reading Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s scare tactics re: Opting Out of the Common Core SBAC

What if they gave the SBAC and no one took it? Ask the folks at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle

It has been confirmed that 100% of the 11th grade students at Nathan Hale High School opted out of the SBAC test this week. Here is the history in a nutshell. There were informational meetings about the Common Core Standards … Continue reading What if they gave the SBAC and no one took it? Ask the folks at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle