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Opting out then and now

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A Tacoma speech/language pathologist and a professor at the University of Puget Sound opted their daughter out of standardized tests several years ago. They have written about it in "Education Week".  Read an interview with her on the impact “opting out” had on her, then, as a student and, now, as a young adult.


Non-Common Core Math for $400, please.

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Take a look at this jab at Common Core from Headline Politics.


A little poem

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Whether large or small, east or west,

locals are joining in with the rest.

From certs to support staff, many are walking –


This is not an isolated incident

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Is anyone keeping count of juniors in Seattle who have opted out of this year’s SBAC? At this point, it is way more than 1,000. The Seattle School District says they are only monitoring four schools and that complete numbers won’t be available until mid-June and the Seattle Times reported this week that 100 percent of Nathan Hale students opted out; Ballard and Ingraham juniors opted out at right around 95 percent; Ingraham students were at 80 percent while both Roosevelt and Franklin reporters numbers that were quite high.


It's hard to stop the tide

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Check out the April 28 blog post in one of Seattle's most read education blogs. It talks about State School Superintendent Randy Dorn getting desperate. Students in Seattle are opting out of taking the SBAC in droves. One tactic is to blame WEA. The post says that is both insulting to educators and parents.


RA 2015 is nearly here

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WEA’s Rep Assembly is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, in Bellevue, WA. Some 1,000 WEA members are meeting to shape policy for the upcoming year. For more information, click here.


A waste of time all over

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WEA kindergarten teachers have been talking about the difficulties associated with evaluating every student during the first six weeks of school to establish their "kindergarten readiness" instead of establishing community by helping new students transition into the routine of school.


Where are the teachers going?

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Why are numbers in college teacher programs falling so quickly? The University of North Carolina School of Education dean says he thinks it’s because people considering the field no longer see it as a stable career. He says the “headache list” is long for teachers with high-stakes testing and efforts to link developmentally inappropriate tests to teacher evaluation.


Brave steps forward?

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A New York elementary school has taken the first step in applying lessons learned from Finland. For many, this is a beacon of hope. If you've seen the film, "Race to Nowhere," you'll know that many agree that homework has gotten out of control.  Some say educators are being asked to teach far more than what is possible to teach in a school year. What do you think?


The time is now

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New York’s 2013 Principal of the Year, Carol Burris, is shedding light on the way high stakes testing is hurting students. She says there comes a time to break rules if it means protecting students from unneccessary high stakes testing and that time is now.


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