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May 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Starting next fall, MAP tests will be optional for Seattle high schools

High schools in Seattle won’t have to give the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests starting next fall, the latest development in the testing controversy that has drawn national attention after starting in January at Garfield High School. After Garfield teachers sparked a protest that spread to six other schools locally, the school district scaled back the number…

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April 29, 2013 at 6:47 PM

More Seattle schools join MAP protest

Teachers at two more Seattle schools have joined the boycott of the exams known as the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP),  a protest that started this winter at Garfield High and resumed last week with the beginning of the spring testing period. At a news conference Monday afternoon, the protesting teachers announced that some of their colleagues at Ingraham High and…

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March 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

No punishment for teachers in Seattle test boycott

Superintendent Jose Banda announced today that no teachers would be disciplined for boycotting the exams known as the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, this winter. District leaders concluded that  none of the protesting teachers had responsibility for administering the exams, Banda said, so they were not insubordinate by failing to carry out their duties. At many schools, Banda…

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March 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Seattle schools relaxes requirements for MAP tests

Seattle school leaders have decided to relax a few requirements for the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) this spring,  the exams that are the focus of a teacher boycott that has received national attention. Ninth-graders who have passed the state’s reading exam will not have to take the MAP reading test, too, officials announced at a meeting Thursday. Officials also are recommending that high…

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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…

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February 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Seattle King County NAACP backs teacher protest of MAP testing

Saying that the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) exams lead to inequity, the Seattle King County branch of the NAACP on Monday joined the organizations and individuals who are supporting the  Seattle teachers  who are boycotting those tests. In a statement, the NAACP said it has talked to administrators, teachers and other education experts and concluded that the…

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January 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

ORCA K-8 teachers join boycott of district-required exams

Eleven teachers and instructional assistants at ORCA K-8 have decided that they, too, will boycott district-required tests known as the MAP, according to ORCA teacher Matt Carter. The Orca staffers join the staff at Garfield High, where all teachers who were scheduled to administer the Measures of Academic Progress exams are refusing, with the backing of nearly all their colleagues,…

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January 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Seattle superintendent urges all teachers to give MAP tests

Seattle School Superintendent José Banda sent a message Monday to teachers, principals and other staff in response to Garfield High teachers’ boycott of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) exams.  While a district review of all its tests is underway, Banda said, he still expects all teachers to give the exam, and asks they do so by February 22,…

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January 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Union supports Garfield teachers’ refusal to give district test

The Seattle teachers union said Friday that it shares concerns the faculty at Garfield High has raised about district-required tests known as the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP. Garfield teachers announced Thursday that no teachers at the school would be giving the MAP tests this winter, even though the district requires them to do so.  Nearly all…

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January 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Garfield teachers refuse to give district-required test

History teacher Jesse Hagopian discusses Garfield High School teachers’ decision to refuse to the give the MAP test to their students during a press conference in Seattle on Thursday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) Teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School are refusing to give the district-required MAP tests to students,…

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