There is something going on in Seattle that may be spreading and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There is a lot of overtesting going on nationwide and it’s only getting worse. At my school the library, computer labs, and art room are all shut down for over two weeks of NWEA testing right now.
“The test has fallen under widespread and persistent criticism by teachers across the district who say the MAP isn’t aligned with state standards they are expected to teach to. The MAP test also doesn’t affect student grades or chances of graduation, which means students don’t take the test seriously. This is particularly irksome to teachers because the MAP is used to calculate “student growth”–as a part of evaluating the effectiveness of the teachers who give the test.”
“How much time are we talking about? Well, it takes about three and a half weeks to administer the test to all the students in our school who are required to take it. Multiply that by three (remember, the MAP is given three times per year) and here’s the result: the computer lab is converted into a de facto testing facility for over 10 weeks — an entire quarter of the school year.”
“Now, merely encouraging non-test-score-boosting students with poor posture and sagging pants to leave does not a secret sauce make. The Noble schools have some other ingredients up their uniform sleeves too, like their innovative approach to parent engagement. Earlier this month, Noble made headlines with the news that the charter chain charges low-income parents for their children’s disciplinary infractions—like untied shoes, unbuttoned polo shirts and failure to keep their eyes on the teacher.”
“The East Chicago Federation of Teachers, Local AFT 511, posted a billboard prominently Monday at the corner of Indianapolis Boulevard and Columbus Drive saying they don’t support the school superintendent.”