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February 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

More rallies in support of MAP tests boycott in Seattle

Seattle teachers who are boycotting a set of exams known as the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) plan to wear red today, and hold rallies at three schools.

The protesting teachers say events also are planned in five  other cities on what’s being called a “national day of action.”  Some of those events will focus on testing issues specific to those places,  but the groups also reportedly want to express their support for protesting Seattle teachers.

In Chicago, for example, a group called More Than A Score Chicago  is planning to circulate petitions to limit standardized testing.

In Seattle, events are scheduled at Garfield High, where the boycott began, and also at Chief Sealth and Ballard high schools.

The events were planned before Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda on Monday ordered administrators at Garfield High to start giving the tests without teachers’ help.   The teachers and Banda hoped to reach a compromise, but talks ended in deadlock.

Teachers say they will continue their boycott, which started in early January.  The teachers say they don’t oppose all tests, but think the MAP exams are not appropriate or useful tools for their students.

Comments | More in Education | Topics: Garfield High, map, Measures of Academic Progress


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