Solidarity Resolution from the Bridgeport Education Association (Bridgeport, CT)

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SEATTLE TEACHERS
BRIDGEPORT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

WHEREAS: THE USE OF STANDARDIZED TESTS IS SPREADING.

In response to the demands of the Race to the Top program, and to the trend toward greater “accountability” in education, states are developing even more tests for more subjects. Standardized tests, once used to assess student learning, have now become the main instrument for evaluating teachers, administrators, and even entire schools and school systems.

WHEREAS: TESTS CONSUME A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AND MONEY.

Standardized testing is consuming an-ever growing proportion of education budgets nationwide. The total price tag is nearly $2 billion.

WHEREAS: TESTING HURTS STUDENTS

IN the name of “raising standards” the growth of high stakes testing has effectively lowered them. As the stakes for tests are risen higher and higher, schools have been forced to spend less time on arts and sciences, and more time on tested subjects.

WHEREAS: RESEARCH DOES NOT SUPPORT USING TESTS TO EVALUATE TEACHERS.

Research shows nearly 90% of variability in standardized test results are attributable to factors OTHER than the teacher. So-called “value-added” models for teacher evaluation have a larger margin of error, and are not reliable measures of teacher performance.

RESOLVED:

The Bridgeport Education Association (BEA) support the staff at Garfield High School and all other educators in Seattle who voted to refuse to administer the states Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Taking this action, the educators at Garfield High School have struck a blow against the overuse of standardized tests, and deserve support of all advocates of public education.

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