So says the Times.
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.
In the letter to district administrators, the Garfield staff members
listed nine reasons why they oppose the test, which range from how
few students take it seriously to how much time it takes away from class
instruction and whether it measures what teachers are supposed to be
The middle school teachers at ORCA will not refuse to give the tests
because they hope to get a grant from the city that requires that they
give them, Carter said. But 11 of the 16 teachers and instructional
assistants in kindergarten through grade 5 have decided to do so, Carter
The principal apparently will find others to proctor the tests and give them anyway. (I have heard about issues using non-staff proctors so it's not as easy as it sounds.)
That grant from the City is likely one from the Families and Ed levy that requires documented results.
The SEA weighs in:
The representative assembly of the Seattle Education Association is
scheduled to discuss the issue at a meeting Monday evening, and consider
a motion that calls for the union to support any teacher who refuses to
give the MAP. The motion also asks the district not to discipline
teachers who refuse to give the exams, and asks that the district stop
using the MAP tests as soon as possible.
So that makes three schools where large numbers of staff have openly come out against MAP: Garfield, Ballard and ORCA K-8.
Clearly, a review of MAP can't come soon enough. If more schools and parents joined it, this boycott would be unstoppable.
Consider opting your child out in support of this effort.