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NEA celebrates Seattle educators' win against mismatched tests

NEA president comments about brave educators who risked it all for their students

WASHINGTON - May 16, 2013 -

A mismatched standardized test administered in Washington state that sparked local boycotts involving educators, parents, and students and intensified the national spotlight on the need for high quality assessments is no longer mandatory in Seattle-area high schools after this spring.

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda announced the district’s decision regarding the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test yesterday in a letter to school administrators.

In the letter, Banda states high schools can decide not to administer the test.

“We hope this important victory will send a message that tests should reflect what students are actually learning,” said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. “We applaud the Seattle Public Schools district for making the right decision for students and celebrate the brave educators who raised the issue.”

The boycott of the test drew national coverage as many districts and states struggle to effectively assess student achievement.

“These brave teachers knew the MAP test wasn’t the best tool to track high school students’ progress in this instance, and they fought hard to get heard. Now the district and its educators can join forces to implement assessments that work for all involved: students, teachers, and parents,” said Van Roekel.

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