Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Common Dreams
Seattle Test Boycott Victory: One Step in the Struggle for Quality Education
by Jesse Hagopian

“High schools may opt out of MAP in 2013-14.”

This message was sent in an all-district communication blast, sent at 2:06 PM on Monday May 13th by Seattle Public School Superintendent Jose Banda, and led to spontaneous end of the day celebrations of teachers and students around Garfield High School. Students fist-bumping teachers. Teachers high-fiving each other. Spontaneous assemblies in the hallway to congratulate each other.

Until now, the “Measures of Academic Progress” (or MAP) tests were required by the Seattle School District for students in all grades (K-12). A unified group of Garfield teachers announced in January, 2013, they were no longer going to administer the tests to students at Garfield. Other Seattle schools followed suit, and the bravery of these teachers led to a national movement.

What this test told educators: “If we stand for what’s right for students, teachers can win.”

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