February 14, 2013
Seattle Education Association
5501 4th Ave S, Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98108-2447
Dear Jonathan Knapp:
On behalf of the 1,700 members of the Federal Way Education Association, the Executive Board and I would like to voice our support for the teachers at Garfield and Ballard High Schools who are boycotting the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. We have many of the same concerns about tests used as an evaluation tool when they do not line up with state standards or district curriculum and are not designed at all to measure teacher quality. We are also deeply concerned about the overemphasis on standardized tests as an indicator of student achievement.
The educators in Federal Way are united with their colleagues at Garfield and Ballard High Schools and the Seattle Education Association as SEA members conduct their boycott of the MAP test. Teachers must take a stand to protect their students’ right to have a learning environment that promotes the development of all of their talents and capabilities. FWEA joins you in bringing this important issue to the attention of the public and in striking a balance between testing and student learning.
In addition, we applaud the courage, vision, and leadership of SEA members in confronting the issue of standardized testing in our public schools.
Jason Brown, President
Federal Way Education Association