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Letters and resolutions of support to Garfield teachers

Jesse Hagopian speaking at the press conference with GHS teachers standing behind him.

Jesse Hagopian speaking at the press conference with GHS teachers standing behind him.

E-mails and letters of support have been pouring into Garfield High School along with pizza’s for the teachers at lunch time, boxes of chocolate and bouquets of flowers after the teachers held a press conference last week stating that they would not be giving the MAP test to their students.

First, the letter from the teachers at Garfield High School.

To follow are links to some of those letters:

Seattle Ballard High School teachers issue letter in support of MAP boycott

Sanislo Elementary School stands with Garfield High School: It’s a “Kafkaesque situation”

Schmitz Park Elementary School in Seattle joins in support of Garfield High School teachers.

Letter from Seattle School Librarians to Superintendent Banda: Scrap the MAP

Letter of support for Garfield High School teachers from Diane Ravitch

The Weekly Update: AFT supports the Garfield High School teachers, armed janitors in Ohio (?) and the rich get richer off of charter schools.

Matt Damon and Nancy Carlsson-Paige to Garfield Teachers!

The MAP test boycott has spread through Seattle

Leading Educators Support Garfield High School Teachers’ Test Boycott

Parents Across America Supports Garfield High School teachers’ MAP test boycott

Superintendent’s Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Committee supports MAP test boycott

Seattle Community College faculty votes to support Garfield MAP boycott: Resolution of Seattle AFT local 1789

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The Fremont (Ca.) Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA) representative council voted in favor of the following resolution:

WHEREAS: THE USE OF STANDARDIZED TESTS IS SPREADING. In response to the demands of the Race to the Top program, and to the trend toward greater “accountability” in education, states are developing even more tests for more subjects. Standardized tests, once used to assess student learning, have now become the main instrument for evaluating teachers, administrators, and even entire schools and school systems.

WHEREAS: TESTS CONSUME A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AND MONEY. Standardized testing is consuming an-ever growing proportion of education budgets nationwide. The total price tag is nearly two billion dollars.

WHEREAS: TESTING HURTS STUDENTS. In the name of “raising standards” the growth of high stakes testing has effectively lowered them. As the stakes for tests are raised higher and higher, schools have been forced to spend less time on arts and sciences, and more time on tested subjects.

WHEREAS: RESEARCH DOES NOT SUPPORT USING TESTS TO EVALUATE TEACHERS. Research shows that nearly 90% of variability in standardized test results are attributable to factors OTHER than the teacher. So-called “value-added” models for teacher evaluation have a larger margin of error, and are not reliable measures of teacher performance.

RESOLVED: the FUDTA rep council supports the staff at Garfield High school in Seattle who voted unanimously to refuse to administer the state’s Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Taking this action, the educators at Garfield High School have struck a blow against the overuse of standardized tests, and deserve support of all advocates of public education.

From the PTSA at Sacajawea Elementary School

“The Sacajawea PTA supports the teachers who are boycotting the MAP test. We also ask the district to stop using high-stakes testing either for student placement or for teacher evaluation.”

For the most up to date information on boycotts and resolutions of support, go to Scrap the MAP.

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