Seattle Education

Race to the Top

According to a recent KUOW FM report, John Cronin of NWEA, Inc. apparently laughed about the Garfield MAP test protest, saying, “(…) I really can’t say that I know what’s motivating them.” See/hear: Seattle Superintendent And Testing Company Defend Standardized Test.

But this same fellow wrote aletter to the Charleston School District in 2010 advising them that MAP should not be used for teacher evaluations. Yet the Seattle Public School District is using it that way, effectively making it a high-stakes test. (This memo has since disappeared from the Internet.)

(Also see: MAP test manufacturer warns: MAP test should NOT be used to evaluate teachers. — So why is Seattle Public Schools doing just that?)

I contacted Mr. Cronin about this memo back in 2011, to express my concern that the Seattle School District was misusing the MAP test to evaluate teachers – exactly what he warned the Charleston…

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