May 14th, 2013

Seattle teachers who fought testing win partial victory

High school teachers in Seattle who boycotted the administration of a reading and math test several times a year have won the right to not administer the test. The test is costly, a waste of time and took away from teaching time. The test is the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress). The MAP is sold to the district by a company (NWEA) whose former Board member also became a discredited and terminated District Superintendent.

In a May 13 statement, Seattle schools superintendent Jose Banda yielded and gave high school teachers the option to test or not. That’s the good news. And Banda will appoint another group to study the utility of the MAP for the future.

The victory is only partial because the MAP will still be required in grades K-8 two or three times per school year. Banda had formed a task force in response to the teacher boycott. A teacher survey followed. Fewer than 30% of those who responded to the survey believed the MAP is worth the time and effort.

Jesse Hagopian, teacher at Garfield High School where the boycott started (and spread to other schools involving hundreds of brave teachers risking discipline), told the Seattle Times, “This struggle is far from over.”


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