Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:50 PM
madfloridian (83,672 posts)
Battle in Seattle. Teachers take stand against high-stakes test. Could get suspensions.
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They are standing up for the right of students to be tested on what they are taught in the classroom. The MAP test (Measure of Academic Progress) is not based on their curriculum. Teachers have no idea what is on it until test time.
First Chicago, now Seattle...teachers are making their voices heard.
The Battle in Seattle
The courageous action taken by teachers at Seattle's Garfield High School has won growing support and admiration, not only from the city's teachers, parents and students, but from teachers nationwide. Their announced refusal on January 10th to administer the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), a poorly-constructed, high-stakes, standardized test, has once again brought national attention to disastrous testing-madness policies being pushed and enforced for the past 12 years under No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top.
More on this battle from the SLOG blog.
Teacher Rally Packs the School Board Meeting, School District Threatens Teachers with Suspension
Little kids in winter hats and parkas held hands, older folks waved signs. "I'd rather be teaching," read one. "Parent supports Garfield," read another. The vice president of the Chicago teachers union, Jesse Sharkey, called in, and his speech was shouted out to the crowd. "Sisters and brothers... There's only one way forward: Stick together and fight." Teachers learned today, in emergency after-school staff meetings, that they could be subject to 10-day suspensions without pay if they did not administer the test, according to Garfield teacher Jesse Hagopian. "They say we're disruptive?" Hagopian called out, right outside the closed doors of the school board meeting. "I think a test that is not aligned to my curriculum is disruptive. Threatening teachers with 10 days without pay is disruptive." The rally ended with a hearty rendition of "SCRAP THE MAP! SCRAP THE MAP!" before leaders reminded everyone to be respectful, and most of the group crowded into the meeting..
Maria Goodloe-Johnson was one of the Broad Superintendents. They are known for their aggressiveness toward teachers.
The standardized high-stake tests which are being used to close schools and fire teachers....are developed secretly. Teachers and students have no idea what is on the test nor do they have any idea how to prepare for them.
These tests are money-makers for the developers and the companies that score them, they are not good for the education system.
My thought is they had to paint the public schools as failures before they could turn them over to private companies.
Good for the teachers in Seattle.
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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:43 PM
madfloridian (83,672 posts)
1. Bill Gates a big funder of the MAP.
Bill Gates big funder of the MAP tests.
""UPDATE: We have heard that the Gates “gift” is funding the new computerized, standardized “MAP” tests the district is administering this year to all students, from as young as kindergarten to grade 9. MAP stands for “Measures of Academic Progress™” (yes, it is a trademarked product) and will be administered to the kids three times during the school year. The test can take as much as two hours each session, according to the district’s official announcement letter."