1) Ask the School Board to write a letter like this one from the Palm Beach County School Board and tell them to send it to Governor Inslee and State Superintendent Dorn. Write to them at :
Partial (full letter in link):
As the 2014-2015 school year comes to a close, we continue to have major
concerns related to logistical and technological issues that continue
to arise. Not having cut scores or school grades until mid-to-late fall
or January, as stated by Commissioner Pam Stewart at April’s State Board
of Education meeting, means this year’s results will be meaningless not
only to parents, students, and teachers, but also business and industry
looking to locate to Florida.
Our Board continues to be totally supportive of accountability measures
that are valid, fair, and reliable. There remain, however, too many
incomplete or untimely factors. These range from a very late setting of
cut scores (which already was to be this fall before any validation
study was required) to issuing school grades at mid-school year next
year which is meaningless. One must consider the numerous technology
infrastructure glitches that cost time and money as well as valuable
No respectable Fortune 500 company would operate in this fashion, nor would their stockholders allow them to do so.
We, therefore, renew our Resolution’s call and urge you to immediately
issue an Executive Order that would fully suspend for the 2014-2015
• the use of these assessments for students’ grades;
• the use of these assessments for course requirements;
• the use of these assessments for graduation requirements;
• the use of these assessments for any performance pay requirements for teachers and
• the issuance of school grades.
2) Write to Senators Murray and Cantwell and ask them to support the Tester Amendment, called the Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act, to eliminate annual testing for students and replace it with pre-NCLB grade span testing. The amendment was offered to the rewriting of ESEA (NCLB) which will now be called Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.