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April 28, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Seattle test boycott will continue as spring testing starts

The Seattle teachers who boycotted a district-required exam this winter plan to continue their protest as spring testing gets underway.

In a news conference scheduled for Monday afternoon, the teachers say they also will be announcing a number of additional schools that will be joining the boycott of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) exams. In the winter, the boycott included some teachers and other staff from four schools, including nearly the entire teaching staff at Garfield High.

The protesting teachers would like the district to stop using the MAP exams, which cover reading and math and are given at least twice a year in most grade levels. Superintendent Jose Banda has appointed a task force of teachers, principals, parents and other community members to recommend whether the district should continue to give the MAP tests next year. That task force is scheduled to meet for its final time on Thursday.

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