The Seattle School Board will consider addressing a last-minute proposal to suspend Common Core tests in the school district at its meeting tonight. Two school board members say the test is unfairly designed to make most students fail.
Two members of the Seattle School Board want to suspend the Common Core-related tests that students here are slated to take this spring.
School board directors Sue Peters and Betty Patu say the standardized tests, called Smarter Balanced, are designed to be unusually difficult and are not a fair assessment of students’ abilities. The tests will measure student progress in math and language arts under the new Common Core learning standards that most states, including Washington, are now using.
The proposal comes a week after leaders at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High voted to boycott the same test for its 11th graders, saying students are already tested too much. Washington state schools chief Randy Dorn has warned the school’s decision may jeopardize some federal funding, because 11th-grade scores on the test must be reported to the U.S. Department of Education.
Seattle School Board members will decide at their meeting tonight whether to consider Peters’ and Patu’s proposal, which would be a last-minute addition to the agenda. If the board agrees to discuss the idea, it would be introduced tonight and likely voted on at a future meeting.
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The meeting begins at 4:15 p.m. in Seattle Public Schools headquarters at 2445 Third Ave. S. in Seattle.