Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE), a group of over 100 university professors, applauds the MAP test boycott by the teachers of Seattle’s Garfield High School as supported by the academic research on standardized testing and teacher evaluation. The cost of MAP testing in time and classroom resources described by Garfield teachers, not to mention the budget outlay on the test itself, reflects the substantial empirical evidence that too much testing is harming student learning. The proposed use of these scores for teacher evaluation, in direct contradiction to the developers’ own warnings and in light of the strong research calling into question even highly reliable test scores for such purposes, is unconscionable. We hope that school officials in Seattle will recognize the teachers’ action as necessary and commendable.
CReATE, a volunteer group of Chicago-area education researchers, conducts, reviews, and distributes studies to address the needs of our students, parents, and schools, and promotes citywide learning and dialogue about educational issues through free public events. CReATE partners with educators, public interest groups and community-based organizations. After reviewing the research on teacher evaluation, we wrote an open letter cautioning against the use of student test scores in this process, which can be viewed here.