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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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6 Reasons why the Common Core Standards are a big fail

This is a repost from this blog. The reason I decided to post it again is that I heard a school in Seattle is starting to put student grades up … 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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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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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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Seattle Opt Out Meeting with Rita Green, Education Chair of the Seattle/King County NAACP

  Seattle Opt Out Group Meeting April 23, from 6-7:45 PM Douglass Truth Library 2300 East Yesler Way Seattle 98122 Please join the Seattle Opt Out Group this Thursday, April 23rd, … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton: More of the same on Common Core Standards

So we know where Mrs. Clinton stands on permanent war, on privacy for the rest of us (hers is taken care of by her very own server in the basement/garage) … Continue reading

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