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Press conference on SBAC testing:
Opt Out Movement Biggest in Seattle’s History
A gathering of community groups, parents, teachers and students from across Seattle question the equity and validity of SBAC testing
Garfield High School teachers and parents to announce their opposition to high stakes testing.
Technological malfunctions are creating testing chaos in schools.
Seattle/King County NAACP to announce position on the new SBAC exam.
Opt out numbers from schools around Seattle will be revealed.
Who: Parents, students and teachers from schools across Seattle, including Nathan Hale, Garfield, NOVA, Franklin, Chief Sealth, Dearborn Park, and more.
What: Press conference on growing opposition to SBAC testing
When: Tuesday April 7, 4:00pm
Where: Seattle NAACP Headquarters, 715 23rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98112
Why: The movement to opt out of high-stakes, standardized testing in Seattle has never been bigger. A growing number of schools around Seattle are experiencing unprecedented numbers of parents opting their students out of standardized testing, especially the new SBAC exams. Parent Carolyn Leith said, “I’m opting my daughters out of SBAC testing this year because these test are robbing our children of valuable class time. My children are developing many skills–such as collaboration, creativity, and problem solving–that can’t be measured by this test.”
At the press conference, the newly formed organization “Seattle Opt Out” will reveal the numbers they have collected so far of how many students have opted out of the exams. Parent opt out leader Anastaisa Samuelsen said, “Our newly formed Seattle Opt Out group has grown significantly, and raised parent’s awareness in every part of our District. We have organized several regional forums around Seattle–and more are forthcoming–attended by dozens and dozens of parents. Parents who vote. Many have shared heartbreaking stories about the undue stress testing brings, and the dislike of school their children are developing. We are very concerned about this.” Parents from several of these schools will be on hand to explain why they have opted their students out of the tests including:
This parent uprising against the SBAC is also being supported by teachers. Teachers at Nathan Hale, Chief Sealth, Ingram, Schmitz Park Elementary, Garfield, and others have issued statements about their many objections to SBAC testing. As award winning Nathan Hale history teacher Doug Edelstein said, “Many teachers, educational researchers and parents have determined after responsible research that the SBAC tests could cause harms to our students. There is no valid reason to force these tests on Seattle kids.” Garfield High School Language Arts teacher Heather Robison added, “My conscience demands that I publicly and emphatically assert that high-stakes standardized tests like the SBA as graduation requirements and teacher evaluations tools are detrimental to the meaningful education of ALL of my students, and administering such exams goes against my professional and moral judgment.” Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian said, “The cut score for SBAC testing was deliberately set so as to fail around 60% of the students who take the test. None of us teachers got into our profession to demoralize students and we find this political decision to artificially create mass failure reprehensible and pedagogically unsound.”
The Seattle Education Association, the teacher’s union for the city, recently passed a resolution calling for the suspension of the use of SBAC testing and stating “Seattle teachers cannot…in good conscience implement the new, unproven Smarter Balanced assessments.” (See: https://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/the-seattle-education-association-calls-to-suspend-the-sbac/ )
Moreover, some Seattle School Board members are working to try to get a motion passed that would suspend SBAC testing for two years while it is studied.
Join us for a lively discussion on the struggle for authentic assessment.
Anastasia Samuelsen, Seattle Opt Out, email@example.com,
Rita Green, Seattle/King County NAACP Chair of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Plural noun: plutocracies
*an elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth.
Dollarocracy: How the money and media election complex is destroying America
By John Nichols and Robert McChesney
From the Preface:
Carter declared-as the planet's most famous election observer- that '“We have one of the worst election processes in the world right here in the United States of America, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money."
Click the image to see their interview with Bill Moyers.
More than 1.2 million students are homeless, and nearly 76,000 are living on their own without parents.
Click the image for a link to the article.
"There is something grotesque about the fact that education reform is being led not by educators but by financiers and speculators and billionaires."
This process -- a handful of the wealthiest people in our country controlling the political process -- is called "oligarchy."
The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.
"I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which threatens American culture."
ALEC Exposed-The Privatization of Public Schools:
And more about the Koch brothers and their dad: kochexposed.org
Charter School Scandals
Charter School Scams and Scamsters
Class Size Matters:
Common Core Standards:
Democrats for Education Reform
Teach for America:
"Any time hedge fund managers...when they walk into the inner city areas and start talking about poor children's education, it's not because they want kids to read and write, it's because they know that the federal government spends $600B on education and they want it and they're going to get it."
Jesse has collected stories from students, educators and parents around the country and formed a picture of what is happening in public education and why:
More Than A Score edited by Jesse Hagopian
This book is a must read to understand what teachers are going through with the corporate takeover of our public school system:
Confessions of a Bad Teacher by John Owens
Need I say more? It's a book by Chris Hedges:
Death of the Liberal Class: Chris Hedges
Dollarocracy: Robert Waterman McChesney
Ravitch lays it out in this book and its no holds barred:
Reign of Error: Diane Ravitch
Want to know where over 50% of each tax dollar is going? Read this book:
The Operators by Michael Hastings
Why is it is hard to tell the difference between the Dems and Repubs? Read this book and find out:
The Party is Over: Mike Lofgren
This is a must read. Naomi Klein breaks it down in this book about how oligarchs are manipulating us and running our world:
The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein
If you want to know about the financial collapse of 2008, why the rest of us are no better off now and yet the stock market and banks have rebounded, making huge profits and why another collapse is inevitable, check out this book by Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics:
Freefall: America, Free Markets and the Sinking of the World Economy