Seattle Education Association backs Garfield teachers in opposition to MAP testing.
January 12, 2013
November, 2011. Garfield High School students occupy Seattle city hall demanding an end to budget cuts.
In the statement, SEA President Jonathan Knapp said he wants the district to set a date to stop using the MAP exams. He also said that concerns over those tests are part of larger questions about the costs of testing, and how much time schools devote to it.
The union listed its concerns as follows:
The test does not line up with state standards.
The test does not line up with district curriculum.
The test takes valuable time away from student learning.
Many students do not take the test seriously.
The testing time frame takes valuable time away from students in the school being able to access computer labs and libraries for other projects.
The data obtained is of minimal use to teachers in planning lessons and meeting individual student needs.