Next Fall, MAP Tests Will Be Optional for Seattle High Schools

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

After Garfield teachers sparked a protest that spread to six other schools locally, the school district scaled back the number of ninth-graders who must take MAP reading and math tests. In an announcement today, Superintendent Jose Banda said high schools won’t have to give the MAP at all.

If high schools don’t use the MAP, however, Banda will require them to come up with an alternative way to monitor the progress of students who don’t pass the state’s once-a-year reading and math exams.

Banda’s decision closely follows a recommendations made by a 29-member committee of parents, teachers, administrators and other community members. The district appointed that committee to look closely at the MAP and help Banda decide whether to continue using it and, if so, how.

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