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Opting out of the MAP test and a MAP opt out letter template just in time for Spring testing

From Evaluation system will compound problems by Wendy Lecker in Connecticut, to follow is an excerpt:

Amid all the talk of the proposed teacher evaluation system, one major effect is not being discussed — the exponential increase in standardized tests that these evaluations demand.

The proposed system requires one-fifth of every teacher’s evaluation to be based on a standardized test. Thus, instead of having standardized tests in reading, writing, math in grades 3-8 and 10, and science in grades 5, 8 and 10, our children will now endure standardized tests in every grade and every subject, from kindergarten art to high school gym.

Is this the direction in which we, parents, want our schools to go? With the standardized tests we have now, our children’s education is being narrowed. All over this state, art, music, social studies and foreign language courses are being squeezed out to prep for CMTs and CAPTs.

Not only is our curriculum being narrowed, but so is the way our children learn. They are being trained how to give canned answers to prepackaged questions, rather than learning how to think for themselves. Both teachers and students are increasingly suffering through mind-numbing scripted lessons.

Students, especially those in the neediest districts, are being denied the opportunity for a rich and varied education because of the pressure put upon districts to increase test scores in just a few subjects. Imagine what will happen when high-stakes tests are implemented in every subject. Instead of a piece of clay or a paintbrush, a 6-year-old will now be handed a worksheet. Far-fetched? It is already happening in Colorado.

This is not what I want for my children.

One way to stop the madness of this testing regime is to not participate in it.

The MAP test results have no bearing on your child’s grades, it does not go onto their transcript and has no bearing on college acceptance. Your student’s teacher is able to evaluate where your child is by providing them with tests that have been developed by the teacher and is relevant to what is being taught in the classroom. There are also other measures that as a parent or a teacher you are aware of, simply talking to the student can also provide an indication of where a student is in terms of what is being learned.

With that in mind, here is a post that Sue wrote in December, 2010 about opting out of the MAP test:

How to opt out of the MAP® test

The next round of MAP® testing for Seattle’s obsessively tested school kids will be administered as soon as next Monday Dec. 13.

We’ve just learned that parents and guardians who want to opt their kids out of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®) test may need to do so for every MAP session — that is, send three separate opt-out letters each year.

One opt-out letter at the beginning of the year may not cover all three testing sessions.

To opt-out of MAP: parents/guardians need to write a short letter to their school’s MAP administrator stating that they want their child to be exempt for that session.

I think a letter to the principal and relevant teachers is also a good idea.

For more discussion on the pros and cons of the MAP® test, visit the Seattle Public Schools community blog: Map Opt-Out.

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The Spring round of testing is from April 30, 2012 to June 13, 2012.

You can find an opt-out letter template at this Word doc site.

Dora

5 comments on “Opting out of the MAP test and a MAP opt out letter template just in time for Spring testing

  1. dramamama
    May 9, 2016

    I filled out the school’s (Colorado) opt-out form listing all the standardized tests, including Map, several months ago. Tomorrow is Map testing & my daughter’s math teacher is saying we can’t opt out of Map. I think my daughter will be having a “sick” day tomorrow.

  2. Susan F.
    February 10, 2013

    For what it’s worth, I am submitting the following letter to my daughter’s principal & respective teachers:
    ———————
    After careful consideration, I would like to request that my daughter, _______, be exempt from the MAP testing this semester. I’ve also sent a letter to NWEA, asking that they provide data that demonstrates an annual rate of improved proficiency as it specifically relates to the effectiveness of the MAP tests for the Seattle Public School district. Not only do I deem it an unfortunate use of funds, but also find it very curious that teachers would not be permitted to at least review the contents of the test, especially considering that they are expected to use the results of the MAP to modify their approach with each student accordingly.
    I fail to see how another test will benefit her education at this time.
    ———————

  3. seattleducation2011
    April 3, 2012

    Rachel,

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Dora

  4. Rachel
    April 3, 2012

    Thanks for the post. I opt my child out of MAP testing, and think more people should. But please don’t use that horrible, passive aggressive form letter! Have you read it? It’s terrible, whiny, rude and just unnecessary. All you have to do (this is what we did) is send a letter to the principal, CC your child’s teacher and say I don’t want my child to take the MAP test. Please be sure that he is given other instruction at that time. Thanks. Then send it off.

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