Dear Superintendent Banda,
It has come to our attention that you plan to discipline teachers in the Seattle Public Schools who refuse to administer the MAP test in the Seattle school districts despite the unanimous support that their action has had across the nation, which has inspired all of us resisting the damage that high-stakes, standardized testing that for the past 10 years has negatively affected schools, communities (school closures, charters), and students (achievement gap, segregation/apartheid, drop in college preparedness) and teachers (high teacher turn-over) alike.
We, the members of Change The Stakes, stand in solidarity with the teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle who are refusing to administer standardized, high-stakes tests to their students as they see these as a “waste of time and money”. Teachers at Garfield High School are setting an example for other teachers and parents to rally against these tests that have been, and continue, to distort education for our children and the stability of the teaching profession. It is clear that the feelings here in New York about these tests are felt nation-wide. As parents and teachers of Change The Stakes we are grateful for your courage and we share your struggle. May more teachers and parents take the stand against these standardized measures that have only created fear of school by students and teachers.
CHANGE THE STAKES
To Read More about the Garfield Teachers:
Petitioning Seattle Public Schools – Seattle Public Schools: Support Garfield High School teacher refusing to administer the MAP!
Boycott of Standardized Tests Spreads as Seattle Teachers Revolt – by John Queally, Common Dreams
Boycott of Standardized Tests Spreads as Seattle Teachers Revolt
You Are the Leaders – Diane Ravitch
Union supports Garfield teachers’ refusal to give district test – The Seattle Times, Posted by Linda Shaw
Standardized test backlash: Some Seattle teachers just say ‘no’ – by Dean Paton