January 28, 2013
Contact Person: Gerardine Carroll
MAP BOYCOTT ORGANIZING SPREADS
Seattle Teachers Form City-Wide Scrap-the-MAP Organizing Committee
This weekend teachers from Seattle Public Schools formed a city-wide Scrap-the-MAP Organizing Committee to coordinate the campaign against the district-mandated standardized test, the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). A boycott of the test, which is administered in all schools two to three times each year, has been spearheaded by staff at Garfield High School. The Organizing Committee is made up of representatives from schools with teachers who have joined the boycott, including Garfield High School, Orca K-8, The Center School, and Chief Sealth International High School, as well as the Seattle Substitutes Association. The work of the committee will include communicating with other schools that have written letters of support, which are Salmon Bay, Thornton Creek, Schmitz Park, and Sanislo elementary schools as well as Ballard, Roosevelt, Franklin, and West Seattle high schools. As other schools offer their support, the committee will facilitate communication among them as well.
The Scrap-the-MAP Organizing Committee takes issue with the MAP because
- it produces specious scores;
- it is not aligned to the Common Core Standards, which the state has adopted;
- it limits student access to school computers, libraries, and teacher time, thus increasing the achievement gap; and
- it is used for teacher evaluation, which is in direct contradiction of the developers’ directives.
The MAP was adopted during the tenure of Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson, a move deemed unethical because of a conflict of interest during an audit of Seattle Public Schools.
More information on the Scrap-the-MAP movement can be found at https://scrapthemap.wordpress.com/.