Center of Revolt (02:05)
Standardized testing is a hotly debated issue, reinforced by the No Child Left Behind Act and Race to the Top program. Garfield High School in Seattle, WA became the center of revolt against testing methods.
Flawed Assessment (02:50)
Teacher Jesse Hagopian describes the school and the flaws of the MAP test. Dan Rather shows a demonstration of the computerized test.
Scrap the MAP: Boycott (03:28)
Seattle Public Schools purchased the MAP test from a private company for $4 million. Hagopian and other teachers boycotted the test.
Insignificant Benefits (03:45)
The testing industry is a $16 billion industry because of mandates put in place by the No Child Left Behind Act. A study in Illinois found the MAP program to be statistically insignificant in assessing and assisting reading achievement in students. Teachers boycotting the MAP were threatened with suspension.
Peer Evaluation (03:58)
Students, teachers, and parents at Garfield High School are in solidarity in their opposition to the MAP test. Hillsborough School District hired peer evaluators to assess teachers.
Teacher Review System (03:51)
Hillsborough School District in Tampa, Florida implemented a teacher review system via peer evaluations. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation financed the program.
Teacher Mentoring (04:03)
See a demonstration of a peer evaluation review. Teachers receive suggestions on how they can improve.
Credits: Teachers Challenging Standardized Testing: Dan Rather Reports on Education in America (01:09)
Credits: Teachers Challenging Standardized Testing: Dan Rather Reports on Education in America
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