From Seattle Education blog, news of a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:30 pm about standardized testing. It's called To Test or Not to Test? It will be a panel discussion with:
The panelists will include our very own Wayne Au, PhD
who is an Associate Professor at UW Bothell. Dr. Au’s research focuses
on educational equity, high-stakes testing, curriculum theory,
educational policy studies and social studies education.
The panel will also include Jason Mendenhall, of the Northwest
Evaluation Association. The NWEA produced and sells the MAP test that
will be a part of this discussion.
And, "a surprise panelist."
Per the event description posted on the Town Hall website, this super
special guest will be “a representative from a local nonprofit whose
mission is to improve public schools”. Hmmm. Who might that be? Someone
from the alphabet soup of Gates backed and or created organizations such
as SFC, Stand for Children, LEV, the League of Education Voters or A4E, the Alliance for Education?
FYI, a new report from the Washington-based Brown Center on Education Policy says that states' spending on standardized testing is about $1.7B annually. (This is for 44 states and D.C.)
First School Board campaign debate:
Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters ( Seattle School Board race), has accepted the invitation to debate in Rainier Valley, Sunday Oct. 6th. These two qualified candidates will be one of three high profile debates along with Albert Shen, Councilman Mike O'Brien, Senator Ed Murray
and Mayor Mike McGinn. RSVP ASAP and join the citizens of America's
most diverse political powerhouse for a fun filled day of democracy in
action. In partnership with Rainier Chamber and FirstThursday Seattle.
I cannot find any other info on where this event takes place (and I'd like to ask why just these races). I did leave a message and I'll let you know but put it on your calendar.
What's on your mind?