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We asked all of the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) candidates their position on opting out of the SBAC.
Four of the candidates responded to our query and we are publishing their answers today.
The SBAC test is an unfair bubble test designed to label as failures more than half of the students who take the test.
The makers of the SBAC test falsely claim that it can predict if students are “college ready.” In fact, no bubble test has ever been able to predict if a student is college ready. The only predictor of college readiness is a students high school GPA.
In short, the SBAC test not only harms students, it is worthless as an assessment tool.
In 2015, 62,000 parents in Washington opted their children out of the SBAC test – resulting in Washington having a “participation rate” of only 91%.
Since federal law requires a rate of at least 95%, Washington received a letter from the Department of Education threatening to reduce federal funding unless school districts completed an enforcement plan. In fact, no school district has every lost federal funds due to a failure to force students to take high stakes tests. In December 2015, Congress passed a revision of the ESSA prohibits the Department of Education from threatening states with loss of funds.
Sadly, on April 12, 2016, the Superintendent of Public Instruction violated the new ESSA by sending letters to about 100 school districts threatening them with a loss of federal funds unless they submit an enforcement plan.
On April 24, 2016,Carolyn Leith sent an email to candidates for Superintendent asking us to comment on this threat by OSPI in 500 words. However, this issue cannot be properly answered in only 500 words. I have therefore published a more detailed statement on our campaign website: https://springforbetterschools.org/
For years, I have been a leader in Washington opposing the harmful SBAC test. I have written dozens of reports explaining why the SBAC test harms children. I have also published a book, Weapons of Mass Deception summarizing how the SBAC test harm children. You can read this book here: https://weaponsofmassdeception.org/
In 2015, I started the website Opt Out Washington to give parents information on how to opt their children out of the unfair SBAC test. More than 50,000 Washington parents have downloaded our opt out form. http://optoutwashington.org/
By contrast, in 2013, two other candidates, Larry Seaquist and Chris Reykdal, voted for House Bill 1450 – the bill that forced the unfair SBAC test on students here in Washington state.
In 2015, Reykdal sponsored House Bill 2214 – a draconian bill that would make Washington one of the only states in the nation that would punish opt out students by placing them at risk of not graduating from high school.
The new ESSA states on page 24 that its purpose is to determine “whether the student is performing at grade level.” Because the SBAC test does not provide accurate information about whether a student is achieving at grade level, the SBAC test does not comply with the ESSA. As superintendent, I will therefore suspend the SBAC test and replace it with assessment options such as Teacher Grades and/or the Iowa Assessment that do accurately measure whether a student is achieving at grade level.
David Spring M. ED.
Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction
You can listen to my interview with David Spring at “An interview with OSPI candidate David Spring”.
Education Reform 2.0
Personalization or Profiling?: Childhood in the Ed-Tech Era
Free and open to the public.
Alison McDowell with Wrench in the Gears
March 25, 2017
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Lake City Branch Library
12501 28th Ave, NE
Seattle, WA 98125
This is not the time to cower in a corner.
As my dad would say, "All the world loves a fighter, not the man who lies down bravely to die, but the man who fights like hell to live."
It's time to get up, stand up and fight the fight.
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
#BlackLivesMatter- We having nothing to lose but our Chains
People of color and Black people have been oppressed and suppressed by white privilege and white supremacy.
We have nothing to lose but our chains of oppression from last 300 years+ even as we have a white nationalist president sitting in the White House. So it time to march for Freedom and say our brother and sisters of color can no longer be oppressed and suppressed and as we lose our chains in unity.
We say "We are free FOREVER"
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March 8, 2017
Details to follow.
4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
Donald Trump wants us to #DressLikeAWoman! Lets show him how we do that!
Calling all women to come to rally and march against sexism, racial inequality, rape culture, pay inequality, hate crime and discrimination in the LGBTQ community, the discrimination of immigrants and refugees, domestic violence and for women's rights. Wear your "woman uniform" to be clear this simply means JUST BE YOU!
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“If you’re to be called a communist every time you stand up for basic American rights and freedoms, what’s likely to happen? Will you be silent? And if so, is this what the House Committee on Un-American Activities is really after — a silent, submissive, un-protesting America?”
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