From folks in Seattle. This is great. Influence in education reform.
Last week I was invited to speak at a Rally for Public Schools in Pittsburgh, PA. Organized by a grassroots organization called Yinzercation and lead by a passionate advocate named Jessie Ramey. The event was amazing. I was asked to explain the opt out movement and how fighting corporate education reform was the true Civil […]
We’ve invited a great guest, which is why the special day and time: Alexia Garcia, student organizer of a Portland boycott of the OAKS test. Probably the best test acronym by far. There’s some information here I’ll quote from Education Week, which is in turn from OregonLive: Alexia Garcia, a Lincoln High School senior, said […]
This from the Answer Sheet: The superintendent of schools, Jose Banda, ordered administrators to pull students out of classrooms to take the test in the library, but many students refused to take it and turned in letters signed by their parents giving them permission to opt out of the test, teachers reported. This seems to […]
The publication of hotel lobbies and bathrooms everywhere, USAToday has a post on the growing MAP boycott, and protests against standardized testing overall. Pretty fair piece. And by the way, here’s a toolkit created to discuss high-stakes testing in your communities. Download here for free. Teachers love free stuff!
Man, what a list. And, I think you might recognize some names up there, including folks At the Chalk Face, cough, cough, Shaun, cough, Tim. In any case, this Seattle boycott has really stirred some kind of hornet’s nest. Let’s ride this out and see where it goes. Thanks mainly go out to Brion Jones […]
Here’s a great story on NPR about the Seattle test boycott. By the way, have you heard our interview with Seattle teacher Jessie Hagopian? Well, you should. You know, within the circles I run, there’s a lot of support out there for the various schools in the Seattle area who’ve taken this very courageous move. […]
Superintendent Jose Banda released a statement regarding the potential for a mass opt-out of state MAP testing. Meh. Not much of value. Although, I will say that you’d think a formal statement from the educator-in-chief could make it out there into the ether without a typo. To wit: Before the issue was raised by our […]