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Oppose HB 2800: Bad for kids, bad for teachers

 We oppose mandating state test scores in teacher evaluations!

Email your legislators and tell them in clear terms why you and nearly every other teacher in Washington state oppose the mandated use of state test scores in teacher evaluations.


 We’ve been fighting this misguided proposal for months, explaining to lawmakers why forcing school districts to evaluate teachers using state test scores is wrong. The state Senate killed earlier legislation, but now it’s back under a different bill number: House Bill 2800.

The concept behind HB 2800 was a bad idea before, and it remains a bad idea: there’s no research or evidence to prove mandating state test scores in teacher evaluations helps teachers or benefits students.Email your legislators now and tell them to vote against HB 2800.WEA members remain staunchly opposed to mandating that state test scores MUST be used in teacher evaluations:

  • There is no research indicating that mandating the use of state test scores improves student learning or strengthens teaching
  • A single test given in the spring does not measure student growth
  • Mandating the use of state test scores reduces local school district flexibility to meet unique student needs
  • Washington is adopting new state assessments aligned with Common Core Standards, which will take years to implement successfully
  • Only a fraction of teachers teach one of the subjects or grades currently covered by state tests
  • The inappropriate overemphasis on high-stakes testing harms students by narrowing the curriculum, reducing classroom learning time and reducing the overall reliability of the testing system itself
  • Tests must be proven to be valid and reliable in measuring what students have learned before they are used in teacher evaluations

Want more information? See this OurVoice blog post with WEA's teacher evaluation principles.

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