I had heard about this vote this past weekend but couldn't find info on it at the WEA website. From KUOW:
The state’s largest teachers’ union has passed a motion to support
parents and students who opt out of statewide standardized tests. The
union also promotes opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment
Consortium state test coming next school year to align with the new
Common Core State Standards.
Noam Gundle, who teaches science at Ballard High School in
Seattle, introduced the motion at the Washington Education Association
representative assembly in Spokane on Friday.
"This motion is about promoting positive learning in the classroom, as opposed to a fixation on testing," Gundle said.
Recommendations from the April 4 motion state that the WEA shall:
Support the rights of parents/guardians to collaborate with teachers to
determine appropriate options for assessment of student proficiency if
opting out of statewide standardized assessments.
Encourage its local affiliates to work alongside student and parent
leadership groups in promoting opt-out for Smarter Balance Assessment
Consortium (SBAC) tests whenever possible.
members of current student and parent organizations’ opt-out efforts
through existing communication vehicles. The link to the OSPI form for
parents to opt-out of state tests shall be made available to members via
Naturally, OSPI is not happy with this vote. They believe it hurts the school, the district and the state.
According to state data, students across Washington refused to take state tests 5,693 times in 2013.
I suspect that number will be much higher for 2014.