Jan 22, 2013
commented on More Seattle Schools Join Boycott of MAP Test
Those most in favor of the tests are those most distant from the classroom: politicians, publishing houses, business leaders. These tests provide huge profits for the publishers and political cover for the politicians, but nothing of value for the students. Those who see the harm done by these tests and who have been forced to administer them year after year have finally said enough, that they will do no harm.
Teachers are not against assessment; we assess every moment of every day. And when it comes to accountability, where is the accountability from our public and private leaders who have steered the richest nation in the history of the world in such a way that nearly half of us live in poverty or near poverty, without health care, food security, or job security.
Thank you, Garfield teachers, for standing up for all of us. Hopefully your actions will inspire teachers around the country to stand up.