Teachers’ MAP testing revolt: Superintendent to brief media tomorrow

Another development in the movement of some Seattle Public Schools‘ teachers expressing opposition to, or even declining to administer, the testing known as MAP: The district just announced that it will “host a media briefing with Superintendent José Banda and other district officials regarding the district’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing” at district HQ tomorrow afternoon. The announcement says he will be joined by three district officials – interim teaching/learning assistant superintendent Michael Tolley, research/evaluation manager Eric Anderson, and Teacher Incentive Fund project director Clover Codd (a former Alki Elementary principal, by the way). No word yet whether an announcement will be made or whether it’ll be a reiteration of what the superintendent has already said. This all started when Garfield High School teachers announced they would not give the tests; since then, other expressions of opposition have included letters sent by the teachers at Sanislo (WSB report here) and Schmitz Park (WSB report here) elementaries here in West Seattle.

2 Replies to "Teachers' MAP testing revolt: Superintendent to brief media tomorrow"

  • Greenpeace January 22, 2013 (6:32 pm)

    Good for these teachers. ! If we spent nearly as much time and money on students as we did on the cost, personnel, and waste of learning time just to prep for these waste of time tests, our students would reap many learning benefits in my opinion. We cut the arts, student activities, clubs, funding to our students and schools, but keep these worthless tests? Really? Yay teachers, and kudos for standing up for your students, and education as a whole. Down with the excessive testing train (wreck)!

  • disgruntled parent January 22, 2013 (8:22 pm)

    Clover Codd is part of the Alliance for Education clique (that included Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Susan Enfield, Holly Ferguson and Michael DeBell) that bought into the corrupted backdoor dealing and phony “analysis” of MAP’s superiority as a formative assessment. The district never meant to use it for this, but is sticking to that “messaging” so as not to alarm teachers. They need to quit playing games!

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