- After initially threatening a potential punishment of a 10-day unpaid suspension for teachers protesting the Measures of Academic Progress test in January, Seattle Public Schools decided it won't punish the educators and has loosened testing requirements.
- The decision is a victory for the teachers, educators and students at several of the cities schools who decided to boycott the test in January on the grounds that it didn't meet Washington state's curriculum and produced "meaningless results."
- The 45,000-student district initially softened its position in February, when an official said only educators responsible for administering the test would be punished, but now no teachers will be punished and only certain students will have to take parts of the exam.
From the article:
... "There will be no discipline of any test administrator," Jose Banda, Seattle Public Schools superintendent, wrote on the district's website on Friday.
Banda also said the district will cut back on testing for some students. For the spring stretch of testing, which begins on April 22, only ninth-grade students who are below grade level on state reading exams will have to take the reading portion of MAP, he said. ...