For over a century, the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. County Branch of the NAACP
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BREAKING NEWS: NAACP Speaks Out Against Smarter Balanced Assessment Tests (SBAC)
It is the position of the Seattle King County Branch of the NAACP to come out against the Smarter Balanced Assessment Tests. Commonly referred to as SBAC.
Seattle and Washington State public schools are not supplied with proper resources and a lack of equity within our schools continue to exist.
The State of Washington cannot hold teachers responsible for the outcome of students test results; when these very students are attending schools in a State that ranks 47th out of 50 States in the Nation when it comes to funding education. That is the 3rd lowest in the U.S.
Furthermore, Washington State cannot expect the majority of students to perform well on increased targeted performance assessments while the State continues to underfund education in direct violation of a Washington State Supreme Court Order.
We also know that our students of color are disproportionately underfunded and will disproportionately be labeled failing by the new SBAC test. For this reason, we view the opt out movement as a vital component of the Black Lives Matter movement and other struggles for social justice. Using standardized tests to label Black people and immigrants as lesser—while systematically underfunding their schools—has a long and ugly history. It is true we need accountability measures, but that should start with politicians be accountable to fully funding education and ending the opportunity gap.
The costs tied to the test this year is hundreds of millions of dollars.
If the State really wants students to achieve academic performance at higher levels these dollars should be put in our classrooms and used for our children’s academic achievement improvement instead of putting dollars in the pockets of test developers.
We urge families to opt out of the SBAC test and to contact their local and state officials advising them to abide by the State Supreme Court McCleary decision to fully fund education.
--Rita Green, MBA; Seattle King County NAACP Education Chair
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Gerald Hankerson of the NAACP weighed in.
"The question is if you spend $200 million to administer a test, but you’re not going to be equipped to address the diverse pool of all the African kids and Somali kids here, then that in itself is a civil rights violation,” he said.
Teachers, parents speak out against SBAC standardized test
The teachers and parents gathered in the Seattle NAACP office Tuesday afternoon represent the growing "Opt-Out" movement against the new state required standardized test - a test that the majority of kids are predicted to fail.
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