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NEA President Dennis Van Roekel finally steps up for Garfield teachers. He calls it, “A defining moment within the education profession.”

January 23, 2013

Late this afternoon, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel released a statement in support of his members in Seattle at Garfield High School.

Statement from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

“Today is a defining moment within the education profession as educators at Seattle’s Garfield High School take a heroic stand against using the MAP test as a basis for measuring academic performance and teacher effectiveness. I, along with 3 million educators across the country, proudly support their efforts in saying ‘no’ to giving their students a flawed test that takes away from learning and is not aligned with the curriculum. Garfield High School educators are receiving support from the parents of Garfield students. They have joined an ever-growing chorus committed to one of our nation’s most critical responsibilities—educating students in a manner that best serves the realization of their fullest potential.

“Educators across the country know what’s best for their students, and it’s no different for our members in Seattle. We know that having well-designed assessment tools can help students evaluate their own strengths and needs, and help teachers improve. This type of assessment isn’t done in one day or three times a year. It’s done daily, and educators need the flexibility to collaborate with their colleagues and the time to evaluate on-going data to make informed decisions about what’s best for students.

“If we want a system that is designed to help all students, we must allow educators, parents, students and communities to be a part of the process and have a stronger voice in this conversation as they demand high-quality assessments that support student learning. Off-the-shelf assessments that are not aligned with the curriculum or goals of the school are not the answer.”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Evie Raffanti permalink
    January 23, 2013 7:28 pm

    Hi Fred,

    I like your posts and read them regularly. Great information! Thanks!

    However, I can’t help but notice the continual comments about the lack of action from the NEA. And the apparent “distaste” of the president.

    Can’t you all vote him out?

    • Fred Klonsky permalink*
      January 23, 2013 8:12 pm

      I have agreed and disagreed with the president of my union. I am glad to see he has now stepped forward in support of the teachers at Garfield High in Seattle. NEA Presidents are elected by delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly. No President has been elected to that position who didn’t serve as Vice President in my memory.

  2. January 23, 2013 7:56 pm

    It’s about time! When will AFT join in this message — and MEAN IT!

    • Fred Klonsky permalink*
      January 23, 2013 8:13 pm

      Actually, AFT President Randi Weingarten issued a statement in support of the Garfield teachers a week ago.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    January 23, 2013 8:35 pm

    Weingarten and the AFT are very good. The NEA/IEA, not so much. I can’t believe how lame they are.

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