standardized testing http://kplu.org en New learning standards could cause nosedive in Wash. test scores http://kplu.org/post/new-learning-standards-could-cause-nosedive-wash-test-scores <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle families should expect steep drops in student test scores as public schools adopt new national learning standards, according to </span><a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental%20Content/school%20board/12-13%20agendas/062613agenda/20130626_Presentation_CommonCoreTransition.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a report to be presented Wednesday evening </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to the Seattle School Board.</span></p><p>Starting next year, students in Washington, 44 other states, and the District of Columbia will be held to new, tougher standards known as <a href="http://www.corestandards.org/" target="_blank">Common Core</a>. That could cause some sticker shock once test scores start rolling in a year later.</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:03:43 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9176 at http://kplu.org New learning standards could cause nosedive in Wash. test scores Seattle Public Schools will let high schools scrap the MAP http://kplu.org/post/seattle-public-schools-will-let-high-schools-scrap-map <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle public high schools will be able to opt out of the controversial Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP tests, starting next year. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The policy change comes after teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School staged a boycott of the MAP tests in January, blasting the tests for giving unreliable data and for sucking up classroom resources. A half-dozen more Seattle schools have since signed on, and the protest has drawn national and international attention. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 00:36:38 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8764 at http://kplu.org Seattle Public Schools will let high schools scrap the MAP Seattle test boycotters rally national support http://kplu.org/post/seattle-test-boycotters-rally-national-support <p></p><p>A group of Seattle teachers is trying to rally national support behind its boycott of a required test, even as they face reprisals from the school district. Teachers protesting the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP tests, asked their supporters to besiege district headquarters with phone calls and emails. They say the tests waste class time and give misleading information, and they object to MAP scores being used in their own professional evaluations.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:58:19 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7695 at http://kplu.org Seattle test boycotters rally national support Standoff escalates over test boycott http://kplu.org/post/standoff-escalates-over-test-boycott <p></p><p>The standoff over a series of tests mandated by Seattle Public Schools heated up Wednesday, as another high school joined a growing boycott of the tests and district leaders threatened protesters with suspension.</p><p>Teachers say the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP tests, assess material not covered in class, give poor results and swallow up teaching time. Four schools have rebelled against the tests, with Chief Sealth High the latest to join. Superintendent Jose Banda made clear Wednesday what the consequences of that boycott could be: up to 10 days' suspension without pay.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7627 at http://kplu.org Standoff escalates over test boycott New Seattle schools chief: We'll fight disparities with data http://kplu.org/post/new-seattle-schools-chief-well-fight-disparities-data <p>As students around Puget Sound begin a new school year, <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/pressreleases2012/WaSecuresESEA-Waiver.aspx">administrators are pushing hard to close disparities </a>in student achievement. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 01:17:37 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6197 at http://kplu.org New Seattle schools chief: We'll fight disparities with data Wash. students inch upward in college readiness scores http://kplu.org/post/wash-students-inch-upward-college-readiness-scores <p></p><p>Washington students <a href="http://act.org/newsroom/data/2012/states/pdf/Washington.pdf">did a bit better</a> last year on one of the major standardized tests measuring college readiness. Just about one in five Washington seniors takes the ACT – the SAT”s slightly less famous cousin – but that group saw modest gains over the previous four years.&nbsp; Thirty-eight percent of test-takers met the college readiness standard in all four subjects tested: English, reading, math and science, up from 34 percent year before.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6055 at http://kplu.org Wash. students inch upward in college readiness scores Update: Washington students doing better with new tests, timing http://kplu.org/post/update-washington-students-doing-better-new-tests-timing <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984179.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984179.mp3</a></p><p>Math appears to be less of a problem than it used to be for Washington students trying to graduate from high school. More than two-thirds of them passed new state tests required to get their diplomas. Some students could even clear the hurdle before they finish middle school.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 01:23:29 +0000 Charla Bear 2488 at http://kplu.org Update: Washington students doing better with new tests, timing Struggling students have mixed results in Title I program http://kplu.org/post/struggling-students-have-mixed-results-title-i-program <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982182.mp3</p><p>Some students with the lowest test scores in Washington have made big gains over the past few years, while others have fallen farther behind.</p><p>Researchers found <a href="http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=KoberMcMurrerSilva%5FFullReport%5FTitleI%5F080111%2Epdf">a mixed bag when they looked at the Title I program</a>, a federal effort to help disadvantaged kids.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 01:05:38 +0000 Charla Bear 2333 at http://kplu.org Struggling students have mixed results in Title I program