Support the Student Testing Bill of Rights

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Too much testing steals time from student learning. That's the message we want to send to state officials. Please add your name to the Student Testing Bill of Rights, which we'll deliver to the State Board of Education and elected leaders in Olympia. 2016 is a great opportunity to finally de-link standardized testing from high school graduation requirements. Add your name now!



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Number Date Name Location Why do you support the ...
2199 3 years ago PHIL FALK MUKILTEO, WA There is too much testing in our schools that steals valuable time away from actual instruction/learning time. Educatorso need to be respected enough to assess their students.
2198 3 years ago WENDY BAKER EVERETT, WA So that WA State will change the current testing policy to that of one that is ETHICAL, logical, transparent, and appropriate.
2197 3.1 years ago KATHERINE VARNUM SILVERDALE, WA We have to get back to believing in teachers' ability to know where their students are academically and giving them time to teach. Tests are not the end-all and are expensive and time consuming at ...
2196 3.1 years ago Renee Dyer Welsaco, TX I am a high school librarian in Texas and we spend over a month and a half in testing or testing logistics each month. So much testing robs our students of valuable instructional time and places u...
2195 3.1 years ago AUSTIN MERRILL VASHON, WA Testing does not prove intelligence...it promotes stress and stereotypes and low self esteem...it's not for everyone.
2194 3.2 years ago CAROL KUNDE STANWOOD, WA The legislature is required to provide for the education of children in the State of Washington. Testing does not provide a learning experience and takes away time allocated by the legislature for ...
2193 3.2 years ago ANGELA CURRIE EDMONDS, WA Testing takes away from valuable teaching time. It is, but one snapshot in the lives of our children that is used to determine their academic successes and weaknesses. Many of the tests end up testi...
2192 3.2 years ago BRENDA TORRES SEATTLE, WA As both a parent of an overly tested Seattle SD middle schooler and a teacher of high school biology, I support the standards movement. However linking graduation to high stakes tests is punitive r...
2191 3.3 years ago MAUREEN HAYDEN MUKILTEO, WA As a special education teacher, I want others to know how inappropriate it is to use SBAC testing measures with disabled children who are functioning far below grade level. The results continue to s...
2190 3.3 years ago RAECHEL COWELL VANCOUVER, WA Testing is but one measure of student success, not THE measure. Too much time in schools is spent on preparing for testing.
2189 3.3 years ago BRANDON CAIN TACOMA, WA Math teacher, 11 years
I believe that standardization stands directly apposed to differentiation. For example, we've begun to herd the vast majority of students down a single rigidly standardiz
Students of every achievement level are being crammed into the same classrooms together, while teachers are being examined under a microscope, and pressured constantly for assessment data showing proof of adequate student growth. We are no longer asked what we need. We are no longer asked how we\'re doing. We are no longer asked for our input. We are told what, where, when, why, and how to teach, and if any student does not "achieve success", then we are finally asked a question. What did you not do?

Get off our backs, and let us do our jobs. We are professionals, and we are the only ones who actually know the students.
Get off of their backs, and allow them the chance to learn from their own decisions, just as we did. We certainly are not preparing them to take care of themselves and their communities, when we eliminate their right to choose, or even to fail, and completely stifle their individuality.

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2188 3.3 years ago Kelly Brown Everett, WA I teach fifth grade and the fun of learning has been pushed out of elementary school for the sake of testing and unreachable standards. A full third of my class is unable to reach the standards set ...
2187 3.3 years ago MARY PHLYPO MARYSVILLE, WA
2186 3.3 years ago Michelle Ulke Lynnwood, WA Teachers should have more opportunities to create fun, engaging lessons to peak students interest in learning and allow for creativity. Teaching to the test takes away much of that opportunity. We w...
2185 3.3 years ago Nicole Hong Mukilteo , WA Teachers are wasting valuable teaching time giving tests.
2184 3.3 years ago Kim Christie Everettt, WA
2183 3.3 years ago Huyen Hoang Everett , WA Teachers are spending too much valuable time teaching students to succeed at taking state tests. We need to spend time teaching our students to succeed in life. Life isn't about passing tests of st...
2182 3.3 years ago Alexander Barashkoff Marysville, WA More time spent on learning, not testing.
2181 3.3 years ago PATTIPEG HARJO MARYSVILLE, WA We essentially lose the last two months of teaching time because of testing. Not all students are testing every day, but enough students are frequently pulled out of class that they would miss subst...
2180 3.3 years ago TINA BEVERIDGE SEATTLE, WA Because students are not a number, and not a profit margin. They are people, and business-oriented solutions are not appropriate for education. Business oriented solutions assume failure is an opt...
2179 3.3 years ago Kathi MacDonald Snohomish, WA As a 3rd grade teacher, we now have a new "curriculum": test-taking skills. This curriculum takes precious time away from academics, and science, social studies and art tend to be the victims.
2178 3.3 years ago JENNIFER RUSSELL EVERETT, WA Students need to be focused on enriched learning, not passing a test to graduate.
2177 3.3 years ago Dave Stangland Snohomish, WA Current trends are limiting opportunities to become creative learners. "Teaching to the test" is taking the joy out of the schools--for students and the adults who support them.
2176 3.3 years ago Stephanie Powell Everett, WA
2175 3.3 years ago Mary K Mountlake Terrace , WA
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