From our friends at the Stranger Slog, what librarians are saying:
Laurie Amster-Burton, who spoke on behalf of librarians, says she actually switched schools in part because of how invasive MAP testing had become
in regard to library time and space. The district has told educators
that it thanks them for their concern but it needs time to work out a
solution, but Amster-Burton says that these problems have existed for
years, and educators have been bringing them up with the district the whole time.
She brought with her a letter to Superintendent Banda, signed by 35
Seattle school librarians, in support of the Garfield teachers and in
opposition to the MAP test.
Excerpt from letter:
Librarians, whose role is to teach information skills and support
reading instruction, have been required in many schools to spend weeks
and weeks as testing clerks. In many schools the first time a student
visits the library is not to check out a book or research a topic, but
to take a test—a test that is not aligned to curriculum and covers
material that they have not learned.
These issues and many others were raised by librarians and teachers to
district administrators over the years, but no major changes have been
The Slog also issued a call to arms to parents (based on a question I asked at the press conference at Garfield on Monday - they were nice enough to call me a "kick-ass blogger - I'll take that):
Parents could be teachers' greatest ally in getting MAP testing killed,
but first these boycotting teachers and their allies need to focus their
ground-game on getting parents up to speed.
Parents, are you up-to-speed? Do you understand the issue? Does it matter to you what your teacher thinks of MAP?
I can't urge you enough that if you do have questions, ask your teacher. Ask your child. Ask other parents.
If it matters to you, then support the teachers. If it really matters to you, opt your child out.
The kids opting out would be more the problem than the teachers if you think about it.