SEATTLE, Wash. -- A group of parents and NAACP leaders met at Seattle Public School headquarters Wednesday, demanding administrators fix the state-mandated standardized testing system which they deem to be excessive and unfair.
At the center of the criticism are the Smarter Balanced assessments, or SBAC, which even district officials acknowledge have led to "a disproportionate amount of failing scores" among "students of color, students with special needs, English Language learners and economically disadvantaged students".
"It started with the WASL. Then we ended up with MAP," recalled parent Carolyn Leith, who opted her children out of the SBAC tests, which is allowed by the state, "It's like they keep adding tests but not taking any away."
Inside district headquarters Wednesday, the Board of Directors seemed to agree with the criticism. Thursday in Executive Committee, the board is expected to approve a resolution demanding state education officials find a more equitable way to measure student learning.
"The testing needs to be changed, seriously," said Director Jill Geary, "Let's not put these excessive, non-educational and detrimental burdens on our district."