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State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s “interpretation” of the Common Core SBAC testing and opting out: Truthiness in education

The Common Core Standards are not “state led.” They are “Gates led.” What’s in the best interest of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) State Superintendent Randy … Continue reading

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Four anti high-stakes testing bills pass though the New Jersey State Assembly

An alliance of parent, community and education groups worked together to pass four bills though the state assembly of New Jersey. Three of the bills passed unanimously. Last year, Governor … Continue reading

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Everett teachers come out against the SBAC

From Mariner High School in Everett, Washington: A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL OF THE SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT WHEREAS, the motto of Mariner High School is to “provide an excellent education to … Continue reading

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Teachers at Redmond Middle School Object to the Common Core SBAC

From Diane Ravitch’s Blog: Teachers in Washington State Speak Out Against Common Core Testing REDMOND, Washington-March 26, 2015-Teachers at Redmond Middle School in the Lake Washington School District have publicly … Continue reading

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The Common Core SBAC: Separating fact from fiction, the top ten FAQ’s and answers about opting out

  There have been a lot of questions about the Common Core Standards (CCS) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests. There have also been conflicting messages, misinformation, some … Continue reading

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Superintendent Nyland, threatening teachers isn’t a growth mindset.

Both of my children attend schools with amazing teachers. Educators who teach to the whole child, not just the parts which can be measured by standardized tests. That’s why it … Continue reading

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46th District Seattle Democrats pass a resolution to support Nathan Hale High School teachers who do not administer the SBAC

This resolution is a shortened version of other legislative district resolutions but it does show support for the Nathan Hale teachers who choose not to administer the SBAC. I have … Continue reading

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Testing resistance around the country, now a national movement: A state-by-state update

#PARCCWALKOUT for updates From Fair Test with additions made in italics: Testing Resistance & Reform News As the peak of spring standardized exam season nears, parents, students, teachers, superintendents, school … Continue reading

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SBAC resistance in Washington State is growing

  From the Mukilteo Education Association at Mariner High School in Everett, Washington, north of Seattle, and part of the Mukilteo School District: A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL OF THE SMARTER … Continue reading

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The Seattle Education Association calls to suspend the SBAC

I’ve been asked where the Seattle teachers’ union, the Seattle Education Association (SEA), stands on issues that I write about. Well, they took a stand on the SBAC. This resolution … Continue reading

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The 32nd Democratic Legislative District passes a “Resolution in Support of Nathan Hale High School Educators”

Resolution in Support of Nathan Hale HS Educators’ Decision Not to Require Students to Take 11th Grade Smarter Balance Assessments  Whereas the educators at Nathan Hale High School, via their … Continue reading

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Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

This article was written by Anthony Cody and first published in Education Week in November, 2013 and then reposted on his blog Living in Dialogue. Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal … Continue reading

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Exceptional presentation: “Common Core State Standards: What are they and why should I care?”

  I have seen this presentation and J.R. Wilson provides the history of the Common Core Standards, where we are now and how it is affecting our schools, our students … Continue reading

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What I learned taking the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) test

It was created for imaginary children who exist only in the minds of the people who made the tests. These imaginary third through fifth graders are perfectly willing and able to … Continue reading

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Teachers at Schmitz Park Elementary School join with Nathan Hale in concerns on the reliability and validity of the SBAC

The following letter was sent on March 5, 2015: March 5, 2015 Dear Principal Hudson and the Nathan Hale Senate: We, the undersigned teachers of Schmitz Park, join with the … Continue reading

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House Representative Santos and “Personal Finance”: House Bill 1121

  Washington State Representative Santos was a primary sponsor for yet another nonsensical bill, House Bill 1121.  From the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) Watch List,  is the following … Continue reading

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Long Island Superintendent Dr. Joseph Rella: Common Core Standards, “A mess” and articulates exactly why

Long Island Superintendent Joseph Rella has been a forceful and articulate critic of public school reform in New York State. At this East Northport Community information meeting, he exposes Governor … Continue reading

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2000+ students opt out of Common Core Standards test in NJ, hundreds walk out in New Mexico

From ABC news: Thousands of students in New Jersey opt out of controversial PAARC tests Students in New Jersey are taking new controversial tests for the first time, and some … Continue reading

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Are the Common Core Standards Illegal?

From Diane Ravitch’s blog: Is Common Core illegal? Did Duncan break the law? When I worked in the U.S. Department of Education in the early 1990s, I was frequently reminded … Continue reading

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Bill Gates bankrolls College and Career Ready programs, aka the Common Core Standards

This was originally posted in 2013 at the Washington Post website but is worth a read now. Gates gives $150 million in grants for Common Core Standards For an initiative … Continue reading

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An Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending

  Mercedes Schneider breaks it down for us in her post: A Brief Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending One man, lots of money, nationally shaping a profession to … Continue reading

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From the Missouri Court: Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) Violates The U.S. Constitution

“The Court finds that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is an unlawful interstate compact to which the U.S. Congress has never consented, whose existence and operation violate the Compact Clause … Continue reading

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Nathan Hale High School in Seattle says “No!” to the Common Core Standards SBAC test

The Common Core Standards associated Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam, the SBAC, will be implemented in March in the Seattle school district but this afternoon the Nathan Hale High School Senate, … Continue reading

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The 32nd, 34th, 36th and the 37th Democratic Legislative Districts passed resolutions opposing mayoral control

So far the 37th Democratic Legislative District unanimously passed a resolution opposing the bill that would allow the mayor to appoint two members to the school board. The 36th District also … Continue reading

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“College and Career Ready” is a Marketing Slogan

     Elizabeth Hanson has been a teacher, primarily teaching English Language Learners, and preparing students to take the General Education Development test (GED). She has taught teens to adults from … Continue reading

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6 Reasons why the Common Core Standards are a big fail: The facts down and dirty

  The Common Core Standards:  Had zero input from educators in the State of Washington. In fact, the Common Core “State” Standards were adopted by Washington State before the standards … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on standardized testing and its effect on students

“The assessment itself is completely artificial,” Chomsky asserts. “It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential . . . It’s … Continue reading

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What Toxic Testing Means

Carolyn Leith is a parent of two children in Seattle Public Schools and a contributor to this blog. She participated in the Washington State BATS Toxic Testing Rally in Olympia … Continue reading

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Who wrote the Common Core Standards? The Common Core 24

We have all heard stories about who decided on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that are now holding students and teachers hostage to a narrow curriculum and an endless … Continue reading

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Dr. Peter Gray on “The decline of play”

  In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall … Continue reading

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School Superintendents (and Principals), stop harassing parents for opting their children out of the Common Core SBAC Test

  From Jonathan Peltro’s education blog, “Wait, What!”: School Superintendents! Stop harassing parents for opting their children out of the Common Core SBAC Test With the Common Core Smarter Balanced … Continue reading

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New York resolution to support the “I refuse” movement

From the Port Jefferson Teachers Association website: New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), NY BATs, Lace to the Top (LttT), STCaucus, Long Island Opt-Out (LIOO), and the Port … Continue reading

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A checklist for parents considering Summit Sierra charter school in Seattle

Summit charter school has plans to open a charter school in the International District of Seattle in the fall of this year. So far, I have written two posts on … Continue reading

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i REFUSE !…the Common Core Standards

From the Long Island Press: ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It!’ Thousands of Long Island Students Opt-Out of Common Core Testing New York State United Teachers union President Richard Ianuzzi blasts … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Common Core Standards

Common Core Standards “…charter chains would prefer national standards… This would allow them to use prepackaged curricula across their charter outlets no matter the location…for dummied down standardized curriculum keeps … Continue reading

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We ARE winning. Here’s the scorecard

From the Network for Public Education: Top Ten “Why We Will Win” Stories of 2014 At the 1st annual conference of the Network for Public Education in Austin, Texas in March, NPE … Continue reading

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Diane Ravitch: “We are winning!”

Diane Ravitch and Chicago Activist Jitu Brown take on corporate education at the first Public Education Nation in Brooklyn, October 11, 2014.

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“College and Career Ready”, also known as Common Core Standards: Impossible assumptions and real sacrifices

Planning for college fills me with dread. The financial reality is just too sobering. Even with the amount of money my husband and I are able to put aside for … Continue reading

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Will the Seattle Office for Education give First Place charter levy money now that they’re on probation?

There have been some interesting developments at First Place charter school, the first charter school in Seattle. The Charter Commission has put it on probation. From KOMO news: State’s first … Continue reading

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The inherent racism of Summit “public” (charter) school

Summit Sierra charter school (which is calling itself Summit public school in Seattle) will be opening as a high school in Seattle in the International District in 2015. Let’s take a look … Continue reading

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Seattle Public School Principals receive bribes, uh, bonuses, based on student test scores

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Seattle Public Schools and the Principals’ Association of Seattle Schools for 2013-2016, on page 17, Section B: SPS will offer individual effectiveness awards up … Continue reading

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Mum’s the word on levy money for First Place charter school

If you read my post The Seattle Office for Education has decided it’s OK to use taxpayer levy dollars for charter schools, you would know about the fact that the … Continue reading

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Overseeing the Seattle Families and Education Oversight Committee: A citizen’s report

First, to catch readers up on my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the correspondence from the Seattle City Attorney’s Office to the Seattle Office for Education stating it … Continue reading

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The jargon of school reformers masks the poverty that stifles student achievement

I sat in on my first Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee meeting yesterday and the one thing that struck me the most was the useless jargon bandied about, phrases such … Continue reading

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The Seattle Office for Education has decided it’s OK to use taxpayer levy dollars for charter schools

The Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee may need a little oversight themselves. I decided it would be worthwhile to research further the Families and Education Levy, the oversight committee … Continue reading

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Summit (Sierra) charter school: The skinny on the Gates-backed school set for Seattle, Brad Bernatek (remember him?) and a host of others

Bill Gates will be bringing yet another grand experiment onto public school children in Seattle soon in the form of a charter school “Sierra” which is part of the Summit … Continue reading

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Common Core Standards

This was written by a Parents Across America member, Laura Rogers, who lives in Spokane, Washington. She is the author of “Betrayed: How the Education Establishment Has Betrayed America and … Continue reading

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Notes from the field: The Nathan Hale Rally

What was to be a forum presented by the League of Women Voters and the Seattle PTA with some of our state representatives there to field questions on funding for … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Join a discussion with Southeast Seattle families and teachers on Standardized Testing and “Opting Out”:

Join a discussion with southeast Seattle families and teachers Standardized Testing and “Opting Out”:   What are the impacts on our region’s diverse schools and students? Wednesday, March 25, 6:00-7:30 pm Hillman … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why I opted my kids out of the SBAC.

My parents never opted me out of a standardized test. And I never thought of opting my elementary school kids out of the state MSP tests. But I’m opting out … Continue reading

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For families in Southeast Seattle: Standardized Testing and “Opting Out”, What are the impacts on our region’s diverse schools and students?

Join a discussion with southeast Seattle families and teachers. Standardized Testing and “Opting Out”  What are the impacts on our region’s diverse schools and students? Wednesday, March 25, 6:00-7:30 pm … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 3 Comments
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