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Opt-Out of Standardized Tests Meeting in Seattle, Monday, March 9th

This is one in a series of monthly meetings addressing concerns and questions about opting your student out of standardized testing. The Washington Badass Teachers Association (WABATS) will be presenting … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Parents Across America webinar on Race, Poverty & Education

Join the Parents Across America Webinar Monday March 2 at 8 pm EST: The Impact of Poverty, Race and Cultural Bias on Educational Opportunity. Given the current state of racial … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

February 24, 2015 · 22 Comments

The 32nd, 34th, 36th, 37th and the 46th 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

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

“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

February 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

House Bill 2048: Re-segregation through legislation

  Apartheid (… an Afrikaans word meaning “the state of being apart”, literally “apart-hood”) was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation… I feel very strongly … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 7 Comments

6 Reasons why the Common Core Standards are a big fail: The facts down and dirty

  The Common Core Standards:  Had zero input from educators in the State of Washington. In fact, the Common Core “State” Standards were adopted by Washington State before the standards … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · 8 Comments

Exceptional presentation: “Common Core State Standards: What are they and why should I care?”

  I have seen this presentation and J.R. Wilson provides the history of the Common Core Standards, where we are now and how it is affecting our schools, our students … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

If you are an educator, sign this open letter to Congress and the Obama administration about test-focused reforms by February 20, 2015

…and if you are a parent, teacher, student or concerned citizen in the great state of Washington, contact Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s ranking member Senator Patty Murray … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Noam Chomsky on standardized testing and its effect on students

“The assessment itself is completely artificial,” Chomsky asserts. “It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential . . . It’s … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 5 Comments

What Toxic Testing Means

Carolyn Leith is a parent of two children in Seattle Public Schools and a contributor to this blog. She participated in the Washington State BATS Toxic Testing Rally in Olympia … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment
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