Support Seattle educators’ fight against standardized test: Day of Action tomorrow!


by Amanda Litvinov

Teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School took a courageous stand on behalf of students when they voted unanimously in early January to boycott the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), a standardized test they say is deeply flawed and should not be used to measure student progress or evaluate educator performance.

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But according to a Seattle Times report, Garfield High School administrators acting on the order of the superintendent of schools will administer the test beginning today, though they “are not happy about it.”

Garfield teachers and the Parent Teacher Student Association are continuing the boycott, along with educators from other Seattle schools, despite the superintendent’s threat of disciplinary action.

Find out what you can do to support these brave educators. Simple actions can speak volumes: Sign their petition; propose a solidarity resolution from your union or other organization; or contact Seattle Superintendent Bonda directly to express your support of the educators boycotting the MAP test. Join in tomorrow’s National Day of Action by “wearing red for ed” and spreading the word on Facebook.

MAP_boycott_2“Educators across the country know what’s best for their students, and it’s no different for our members in Seattle,” said math teacher and National Education Assoiation President Dennis Van Roekel. “We know that having well-designed assessment tools can help students evaluate their own strengths and needs, and help teachers improve. This type of assessment isn’t done in one day or three times a year. It’s done daily, and educators need the flexibility to collaborate with their colleagues and the time to evaluate on-going data to make informed decisions about what’s best for students.”

Van Roekel added:

If we want a system that is designed to help all students, we must allow educators, parents, students and communities to be a part of the process and have a stronger voice in this conversation as they demand high-quality assessments that support student learning. Off-the-shelf assessments that are not aligned with the curriculum or goals of the school are not the answer.

Reader Comments

  1. I commend you for speaking Truth and standing up for what you believe in!
    I have asked teachers and parents in Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles to join and support your effort.

    from Detroit

  2. And guess what? I’m evaluated as a teacher, up to 10% of my evaluation, based upon student standardized test scores. Some of the students on my testing roster haven’t been actually in my class in months, and some have NEVER been in my classroom.

    1. 33.3% of ours is based on our own results.
      33.3% based on the results of the school on AIMS
      33.3% on classroom observations-administrations opinion of my teaching
      What a fun place we are in right now!!

  3. The demanded use of Off-the-shelf assessments results in much of the precious class time devoted to preparing for the test rather than to the teaching/learning experience. The results not only are not a valid assessment of the classroom accomplishments but in fact interfere with the attainment of real learning.

    1. 15 days minimum of teaching/learning gone a year to testing…..not counting preparing for the tests and teaching them how to bubble, because that’s a really important skill. And trying to get it through to 6 year old children that have been told their whole lives to share now DON”T SHARE….or you will get your teacher in big trouble!!! And be quiet and listen for way too long for your attention span or mine for that matter……I could go on…..

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