Teachers's organization rallies against over-testing

Janet Kim reports

Olympia, Wash. -- Teachers and parents are taking a stand against over-testing students in Washington.

Organizers of the Toxic Testing Rally argue standardized tests are keeping teachers from actual teaching in the classroom.

It's why a teachers' organization is informing parents about opting kids out of testing. They said students should be seen as individuals rather than a test result.

"All of February I don't teach at all because I have to give individual speaking exams to each individual child all on my own, plus I have to give reading, listening and writing tests to all 120 students," said Shannon Ergun, one of the rally organizers with Washington Badass Teachers Association, who is also a mother and teacher at Lincoln High School in Tacoma. "I don't teach in February—I don't have time."

Rally supporters also argue the tests support private corporations rather than public education.


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