New Seattle Test Boycott Erupts: Nathan Hale High School votes to refuse to administer a Common Core test

Today, I found out from my good friend Doug Edelstein that his school community decided to collectively refuse to administer the new Common Core test, the SBAC, to 11th graders. Doug teaches at, and graduated from, Nathan Hale (in fact, my step-dad was a classmate of his).  The Nathan Hale Senate--a body made up of the …

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Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests

“…the Gates Foundation agrees with those who’ve decided that assessment results should not be taken into account in high-stakes decisions on teacher evaluation or student promotion for the next two years, during this transition.”   -- Vicki Phillips, director of the U.S. education program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation   How do you know the …

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“An Act of Conscience”: Teachers at New York’s Earth School boycott Common Core Tests!

Last spring I was invited to the Earth School in the East Village of New York City to speak at a forum about the lessons of the MAP test boycott that I helped to organize in Seattle. Earth School 4th and 5th grade teacher Jia Lee, along with insurgent teacher union activists in MORE and …

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MAP Test Boycott named in “Best Education News of 2013” by Washington Post’s Answer Sheet

What Valerie Strauss' "Best and worst education news of 2013" means for the state of education: Valerie Strauss, who runs the Washington Post blog, "The Answer sheet", has complied an insightful list of the "Best and worst education news of 2013."  Strauss' list is a must read to understand the current political moment in the …

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More Parents Opting Kids Out Of Standardized Tests

As a new school year begins, let me be the first to wish you parents, students, and teachers a year full of intellectual curiosity, problem solving, empowerment, and struggle to make education about more than the ability to eliminate wrong answer choices and shade the box corresponding to the single best answer choice. As a …

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