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The Seattle teachers’ walkout in pictures

The teachers’ walkout occurred on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

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Seattle Council PTSA supports the Seattle Education Association teacher walk-out, well, sort of

Whereas, these are unprecedented times in Washington state’s history as the State is in contempt of court for failing to comply with the Supreme Court’s orders in the McCleary decision … Continue reading

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Ten things you need to know about Amplify

1. Amplify is owned by Rupert Murdock of News Corp. Joel Klein, the divisive ex-chancellor of New York City schools, is the leader of News Corp’s education division. 2. Murdock … Continue reading

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Just when you thought you had enough, the Seattle Public School district bought another standardized test, Amplify

Created and funded by the Gates and Carnegie Foundations with $100 million, inBloom Inc. was designed to collect a maximum amount of confidential and personally identifiable student and teacher data … Continue reading

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The skinny on Pearson and the Common Core Standards

From Long Island Business News: Uncommon Costs by Claude Solnik The federal government is barred from creating the curriculum. But the feds set aside $4.35 billion to support the shift … Continue reading

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The Opt Out Lounge at STEM Seattle

I’ve been asking for opt-out stories and here is one that takes the cake: SBAC Sit-In: aka The Opt Out Lounge at STEM by Hannah Danforth West Seattle’s Louisa Boren … Continue reading

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Annotated References for PAA fact sheet “Common Core Basics” and position paper “PAA opposes Common Core State Standards, PARCC/SBAC tests”

This paper relates to the previous posts Parents Across America:The Common Core Basics and Parents Across America opposes Common Core Standards, the PARCC and SBAC tests The following references are … Continue reading

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Parents Across America: The Common Core Basics

What is the Common Core? The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), or “the Common Core,” are a set of learning standards, statements of what students should know and be able … Continue reading

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Parents Across America opposes Common Core Standards, the PARCC and SBAC tests

Parents Across America opposes both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the associated tests created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and the … Continue reading

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$3.3B Federal (tax) dollars going to charter schools with no accountability

Oh the irony. The mantra for corporate ed reform includes the word “accountability” used ad nauseam and yet the folks shouting this word the loudest are the least accountable. From … Continue reading

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The Seattle Education Association has voted to go on strike

With an 85% yes vote today, Seattle educators have voted to join the wave of one day strikes in Washington State over the legislature’s failure to fund education. The strike … Continue reading

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Nova High School Common Core SBAC opt outs at 100% for 10th and 11th graders

Nova High School, an “option school” in Seattle that offers project based, student oriented learning with a focus on critical and creative thinking, broke the record in terms of opt … Continue reading

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Testimony by a mother who knows: The SBAC, graduation, “College and Career Ready”

I am a high school math teacher and Richland School District parent. I’ve worked on the SBAC as a contractor for McGraw-Hill and on assessment committees for Washington State’s Office of Superintendent … Continue reading

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95% of the Juniors at Ballard High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

The numbers keep rolling in and tell the story. A related story: Ingraham High School staff objects to the SBAC. Dora Taylor “As a former teacher, I know that ‘No … Continue reading

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It is confirmed: 80% of the 11th graders at Ingraham High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

I just received word this morning that 80% of the Juniors at Ingraham High School refused to take the SBAC test. 40% of the students were opted out by their … Continue reading

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95% of Garfield High School’s 11th graders have opted out of the Common Core SBAC

This just in. 95% of the Garfield High School 11th graders in Seattle have opted out of the Common Core SBAC tests. This is the same class that made history … Continue reading

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Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s scare tactics re: Opting Out of the Common Core SBAC

Dorn Speaks Out on Consequences of Test Refusals…Notated The following is a press release that State Superintendent Randy Dorn sent on Friday, April 24th in response to the number of … Continue reading

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Rolling teachers’ strike in Washington State

Seattle Teacher Jesse Hagopian Explains That Proposed State Budget Would Benefit Neither Teachers Nor Students Also see This just in: The Seattle Education Association membership representatives voted to support a … Continue reading

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190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s Common Core ELA Assessment

From Truth in American Education: 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s ELA Assessment A New York-based Opt-Out advocacy group called United to Counter the Core reports that 190,836 students as … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Superintendent Nyland from the Opt Outs

Dear Superintendent Nyland, I recently attended a meeting where several SPS teachers spoke candidly about the culture of fear you are cultivating around SBAC testing and I find it to … Continue reading

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What if they gave the SBAC and no one took it? Ask the folks at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle

It has been confirmed that 100% of the 11th grade students at Nathan Hale High School opted out of the SBAC test this week. Here is the history in a … Continue reading

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This just in: The Seattle Education Association membership representatives voted to support a one day walkout

April 20th, 7:40 PM The Seattle Education Association just voted overwhelmingly to move forward with a one day walkout to make a statement about the the lack of state funding … Continue reading

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The Color of School Closures

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Video: Educators speak out on IEP and ELL children taking state tests

Educators from the Brooklyn New School (PS 146) in Brooklyn, NY speak out on IEP and ELL children taking state tests. Parents can stop the abuse. ‪#‎denythelie‬ ‪#‎denythedata‬ ‪#‎choosetorefuse‬

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Guest Post: Your Local Public School Is Failing at Addressing Racism – Here Are 4 Ways How

Your Local Public School Is Failing at Addressing Racism – Here Are 3 Ways How By Jon Greenberg Why study race? Ask students from a variety of racial backgrounds, and … Continue reading

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The Opt Out Update: From the Northwest to the “anti-testing tsunami” in New York to Pennsylvania where the hallways and classroom walls are covered with brown paper for three weeks

Update to the update, April 17, 2015: Thousands of students opt out of state mandated English Language Arts exam as families from Brooklyn to Buffalo boycott tests It’s an anti-testing … Continue reading

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Risking Public Money: California Charter School Fraud

From the Center for Popular Democracy. Risking Public Money: California Charter School Fraud Executive Summary In 1992, California became the second state in the nation to pass legislation authorizing the … Continue reading

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So much for Gates funded STEM : Census Bureau Reports Majority of STEM College Graduates Do Not Work in STEM Occupations

    …because most of those jobs are going overseas. From the United States Census Bureau: The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that 74 percent of those who have a … Continue reading

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Millions for Common Core Standards and SBAC testing while Seattle schools beg for money to buy glue sticks and keyboards (for the SBAC testing)

This world has gone completely upside down. The following was originally posted on the Seattle Schools Community Forum. From the North Beacon Hill Council: Dearborn Park Elementary desperately needs school … Continue reading

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Seattle King County NAACP Statement on the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)

The following statement was read at the NAACP press conference on the Common Core Standards SBAC test: It is the position of the Seattle King County Branch of the NAACP … Continue reading

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Common Core SBAC information and opt out form in Spanish

To follow is the opt out flyer in Spanish. You can download and print the flyer here and the opt out form here. Preguntas frecuentes sobre las nuevas pruebas de … Continue reading

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Video of press conference: The King County NAACP comes out against the Common Core SBAC and Garfield High School does it again

There was a press conference this week on the growing resistance to the Common Core SBAC in Seattle. Parents, students and teachers from schools across Seattle, including Nathan Hale, Garfield, … Continue reading

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Will the Seattle Times have blood on its hands as the LA Times did five years ago?

Five years ago some tragic events occurred after student test scores were published in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Now the State of Washington and the … Continue reading

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A Parent’s Testimony at the Seattle NAACP Press Conference about SBAC testing

  My name is Carolyn Leith and I’m a member of the Seattle Opt Out Group. I’m also a parent of a 3rd grader at Olympic View Elementary. Already, 3rd … Continue reading

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Have you received a robo-call from Ready Washington about the wonders of Common Core Standards and the SBAC? If so, this is why

People around the state are receiving robo-calls from a (Gates backed Teachers United) teacher who was declared “Teacher of the Year” by The Office of the State Superintendent (OSPI) which is headed … Continue reading

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Which comes first, the Equity Egg or the Accountability Chicken?

This was first published on the website Nonprofit With Balls (NWB) by Seattleite and community activist Vu Le. Vu Le is also the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a start-up … Continue reading

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Basta Ya! A video about opting out in Spanish. Please share.

Padres en Nueva York se unen a un movimiento nacional que rechaza los exámenes estandarizados bajo el nuevo estándar académico conocido como Common Core.     For more information, go … Continue reading

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Pearson and the DOE in NJ, spying on social media of students

One motivation is clear–the more students who take the test, the more Pearson gets paid. This explains a lot about the state’s and the company’s aggressiveness in ensuring as many … Continue reading

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Ingraham High School staff objects to the SBAC

By a vote of 48 to 1, Ingraham staff passed the following resolution: A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL OF THE Ingraham High School WHEREAS Ingraham High School strives to provide an … Continue reading

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Pearson and others are exploiting our children by using them to establish the validity, or lack thereof, of the SBAC

The state and school district are spending millions of dollars to buy the copyrighted tests, texts and teaching materials, purchasing computers and setting up the technology to administer the SBAC. … Continue reading

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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 through 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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