Students, teachers protest state’s standardized testing

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SEATTLE — The revolt against standardized testing has reached a boiling point in Seattle.

On Tuesday, students, parents and teachers rallied against the new statewide assessment tests, arguing they create chaos in schools.

“This is a civil rights movement to say our children are more than a score,” said Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Garfield High School.

Leaders of the “opt out” movement argue that the tests deny students of quality class time.

“We should be teaching our kids critical thinking, we should be teaching our kids collaboration,” said Hagopain.  “These tests are robbing the students of that rich and nurturing education.”

The number of students who are opting out in Seattle has grown to well over 100. And they are joined by hundreds more across the state.

State Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn says the tests are needed, to make sure students are on track for college or careers.  He argues that the new tests emphasize 'real world' skills.

Testing started last week and will last for several more.

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  • Don

    Before tests are given to students it should first be taken by ALL teachers. My belief is one-third of the teachers will fail the exam.

    • Concerned Teacher

      Don, in my school we’ve all had to answer sample questions and they are extremely hard and outside of a lot students developmental range. That said it may be prudent to require the law makers who chose SBAC to take the test. Trust me it is not the teachers who are choosing or even condoning this test.

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