The Times does have a good overview article from the AP about the opt-out movement.
— Thousands of Colorado high school seniors walked out on new state-mandated science and social studies tests last fall.
— An Ohio middle school teacher published a letter calling state officials “bullies” for printing a pamphlet that warned of wide-ranging consequences if students sit out exams.
— At least 93 students at a single Philadelphia middle school are declining upcoming tests in a city that saw only 20 students districtwide sit out the exams last year.
The Washington Post's Answer Sheet also has a great article from a high profile principal, Carol Buris, on what is really happening in American public education.
- Backlash against Common Core
- Pain but no gain
- Annual high-stakes testing has not resulted in equity gains
- the cat is out of the bag
On the latter:
Both the policies and rhetoric around high-stakes testing has made the real agenda very clear—the purpose of Common Core high-stakes testing is to replace our locally controlled public school systems with charters, on-line schools and private schools funded by vouchers, while creating a constant churn of teachers whose work is reduced to test preparation.
As Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute observed back in 2012, the purpose of setting cut scores on Common Core tests so high is to convince suburban parents that their schools and its teachers are failing. The collateral damage done to students by that agenda apparently is secondary to Common Core testing enthusiasts.
In case you missed it, the district is looking for volunteers to serve on the middle school Social Studies materials adoption committee.
The district is also having "Technology Vision Town Halls" all next week
The schedule is as follows:
- NORTHEAST REGION: Monday, Feb. 23 at Eckstein Middle School cafeteria
- CENTRAL REGION: Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Washington Middle School cafeteria
- SOUTHEAST REGION: Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Rainier Beach High School cafeteria
- NORTHWEST REGION: Thursday, Feb. 26 at Ingraham High School cafeteria
- WEST SEATTLE REGION: Monday March 2 at West Seattle High School cafeteria
What's on your mind?