by Brian Washington
A mismatched standardized test administered in Washington state that sparked local boycotts involving educators, parents, and students and intensified the national spotlight on the need for high quality assessments is no longer mandatory in Seattle-area high schools after this spring.
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Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda announced the district’s decision regarding the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test yesterday in a letter to school administrators.
In the letter, Banda states high schools can decide not to administer the test.
High schools may opt out of MAP in 2013-14, but must provide evidence of a way to assess and monitor progress of students who are below standard in math and reading. In addition, the high school must follow their typical school-level decision-making process (which might include a school committee or staff vote).
Educators — including those at Garfield High School in Seattle, where the boycott movement began — are calling the news a victory.
“Finally, educators voices have been acknowledged,” said Garfield history teacher Jesse Hagopian to a local blogger. “This is a great moment in the movement for quality assessment.”
The teachers at Garfield are overwhelmed with joy. I think this is a real vindication of the movement that was started at Garfield High School by teachers but was quickly joined by parents and students at our school, and around the city, and really around the country.
To read more about the victory regarding MAP, click here.
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