Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:28 AM
annabanana (51,017 posts)
Teacher Rebellion: Refusal to Administer Standardized Testing Spreads in Washington
The teachers are rising up again—and this time, they’re going after standardized tests. In Seattle, a boycott against the national Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests is spreading across high schools.
At Garfield High School, where the boycott began, 19 teachers called a press conference to announce that they would refuse to give the tests because they are a waste of time and resources for the students.
The test scores do not affect the students’ grades or ability to graduate, and the test’s material itself has nothing to do with the students’ classes or curriculum—meaning that students rarely take the tests seriously.
This kind of principled resistance is effective and deserves the support of those who look to forestall the privatization of the PUBLIC schools.
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