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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:52 AM

 

Another Seattle school joins the Seattle boycott of high-stakes MAP testing: ORCA K-8.

“Eleven teachers and instructional assistants at ORCA K-8 have decided that they, too, will boycott district-required tests known as the MAP, according to ORCA teacher Matt Carter.

The Orca staffers join the staff at Garfield High (& Ballard HS), where all teachers who were scheduled to administer the Measures of Academic Progress exams are refusing, with the backing of nearly all their colleagues, who signed a letter supporting them. In the letter to district administrators, the Garfield staff members listed nine reasons why they oppose the test, which range from how few students take it seriously to how much time it takes away from class instruction and whether it measures what teachers are supposed to be teaching.”

http://atthechalkface.com/2013/01/15/the-chalk-face-breaking-news-orca-optout/


January 16, 2013 by Timothy D. Slekar

If you haven’t been following the courageous kick back at corporate education reform then you must be living under a rock. Garfield, Ballard, ORCA K-8: Schools in Seattle that have said no to mandatory MAP testing!

And on the the other side of the country in Buffalo, NY a small school district has said no to itimidation and unfair teacher evaluations. The school district is…Hamburg! Home to @ the chalk face’s own Chris Cerrone—one badass teacher advocate.

What’s a bit disheartening is that according to reports, Chris Cerrone’s Hamburg School District is part of only 1% of schools in New York that have told the state to “back off.”

Come on New York teachers. Follow Hamburg out of the darkness!

http://www.facebook.com/SupportHamburgNyTeachers

http://atthechalkface.com/2013/01/16/the-chalk-faces-chris-cerrone-proudly-part-of-the-1/

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