January 30, 2013
To: Jose Banda, Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools
From: John Green, President, Castro Valley Teachers Association
Re: MAP Boycott
We have watched with great interest the refusal of our fellow teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School – and elsewhere – to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized test. They are courageously bringing attention to the detrimental effects of over-testing our children.
Through their boycott we have learned that Seattle’s ninth- and 10th-grade students already take five state-required standardized tests; that the MAP test’s margin of error is greater than expected gains; that the tests are not aligned to state-standards; that administering the MAP monopolizes campus computer labs for weeks at a time; and that high-needs students are especially harmed by losing five hours of valuable instructional time during this district-mandated test.
Most shockingly, this test was brought to the Seattle Public Schools at a cost of $4 million dollars by former Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson, who did not disclose her financial interest in the private company that sells the MAP.
We are disheartened by your response to our colleagues. You have ignored their concerns and instead threatened them with 10 day, unpaid suspensions.
We want you to know that in the event of any suspensions, the Castro Valley Teachers Association will happily make a contribution to the teachers’ hardship fund.
CC: Jonathan Knapp, President, Seattle Education Association