“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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MAP test company to debate MAP boycott teachers

The NWEA, the producer of the MAP test, will be sending a representative to Seattle on Tuesday, September 17th to join a panel with two educators who have been leaders in the movement to boycott the MAP test in Seattle.  With a national movement developing last year to "Scrap The MAP" and replace it with …

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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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Teach Trayvon: What’s not in the Common Core & how to close the education gap

Want to close the so-called "achievement gap"? This gap--better described as the opportunity gap--would quickly narrow if standards were added about analyzing the continuity of the American judicial system in excluding Black jurors and acquitting people who murder African Americans--from Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin and beyond.  When you teach students about the major issues …

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