Garfield High School
WE THE STUDENTS OF GARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL,
are leading a movement in protest of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC.) Here are several reasons why we oppose the SBAC and its consequences.
- The SBAC is unnecessary and not required for graduation if a student has passed the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE.)
- Data from initial SBAC testing indicate that only 30 to 35 percent of students are expected to pass. This is setting up 70 percent of our students for failure and will lead to increased student anxiety and a decrease in student morale.
- Students who choose not to opt-out of taking the SBAC will miss two full days of valuable class time to take the reading and math portions of the SBAC. This interferes with preparation for final exams and Advanced Placement exams.
- All of our computers will be unavailable to students and teachers during the week of SBAC testing because the assessment is administered on computers. Since 31 percent of our student body is on free or reduced lunch, this standardized test disproportionately and inequitably impacts our lower income students, many of whom rely on access to school computers for classwork and studying.
2014/15 Garfield High School Class of 2016 ASB Officers:
President: Kevin Nguyen
Vice President: Jess Juanich
Secretary: Dawit Nuguse Treasurer:
Maddy Kennard Senator:
Advisor: Sydney Bowker
Advisor: Hannah Farrell