We, the members of the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) stand in solidarity with Seattle public school teachers who are refusing to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test this semester. Risking their own livelihoods to stand up for authentic teaching and learning and against the proliferation of high-stakes standardized testing, they are fighting for teachers and students nationwide. All over this country, teachers and students are frustrated, demoralized, and bored by the increasing pressure to raise standardized test scores and to equate those scores with learning. All of the “data” generated by these tests have become a stick to beat students, teachers, and unions, and have created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. We agree with the growing number of Seattle public school teachers who believe that these tests represent a profound waste of time and money, especially while too many of our schools are starved of basic resources. We stand in solidarity with these brave educators, and encourage parents, teachers and students nationwide to support them as well.
The Movement of Rank & File Educators (MORE)
The Social Justice Caucus of the UFT – New York City