MAP test http://www.kplu.org en One year in, Seattle schools chief says he's won over skeptics http://www.kplu.org/post/one-year-seattle-schools-chief-says-hes-won-over-skeptics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle’s superintendent of schools was hired in hopes that he could avoid some of the turmoil and scandal of recent years. Jose </span>Banda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> just wrapped up his first year in charge, and can claim some high-profile accomplishments. But some of the melodrama still lingers, with the school board sharply divided over its own role, and that of the superintendent.</span></p><p>Taking stock of his first year at the helm of Seattle Public Schools, Banda told KPLU a divided board has a definite effect on how he does his job.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:37:51 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9275 at http://www.kplu.org One year in, Seattle schools chief says he's won over skeptics Seattle Public Schools will let high schools scrap the MAP http://www.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://www.kplu.org Seattle Public Schools will let high schools scrap the MAP Seattle test boycotters rally national support http://www.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://www.kplu.org Seattle test boycotters rally national support Standoff escalates over test boycott http://www.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://www.kplu.org Standoff escalates over test boycott