Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP standardized test.  Jesse is the editor and contributing author to the forthcoming book, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing (Haymarket Books, 2014). Jesse an associate editor for Rethinking Schools magazine, a founding member of Social Equality Educators (SEE), and recipient of the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of Year” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Follow Jesse on his blog at www.iamaneducator.com or on Twitter: @jessedhagopian

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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 8:15am
Resistance to High Stakes Tests Serves the Cause of Equity in Education: A Reply to 'We Oppose Anti-Testing Efforts'
Twelve national civil rights organizations released a statement today in opposition to parents and students who opt out of high-stakes standardized testing–what has now become a truly mass direct action campaign against the multi-billion dollar testing industry. I believe that their statement...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 1:30pm
Seattle’s Garfield High School Opt Out Movement Scores Huge Victory over “Smarter Balanced” Common Core Testing!
What will happen at Garfield High School with Common Core testing? I have been asked this question by people all over the country as they learned that this would be the first year that Common Core testing would come to Washington State. All year, teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School have...
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 6:30am
2014: The Greatest Year of Revolt Against High-Stakes Testing in US History
For too long so-called education reformers, mostly billionaires, politicians, and others with little or no background in teaching, have gotten away with using standardized testing to punish our nation’s youth and educators. They have used these tests to deny students promotion or graduation, close...
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Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 10:00am
'Why Are They Doing This To Me?': Students Confront Ferguson and Walkout Against Racism
On Monday after school, members of the Garfield High School Black Student Union (BSU) gathered in my classroom, along with my co-advisor of the student organization, as we braced for the grand jury decision in Ferguson regarding officer Darren Wilson’s killing of unarmed Black teenager, Michael...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:30pm
Why This Public High School Walked Out on Budget Cuts
Seattle’s Garfield High School has once again moved into collective struggle—and we may to find out today if one of us is to be displaced from the building or if the power of protest has kept us safe from the budget-cut ax for now. The Seattle School District announced on Friday, October 17, that...
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Monday, October 6, 2014 - 7:30am
Let the Children Play: Schools Must Relearn Importance of Recess
My 5-year-old is bursting at the seams with excitement with the start of kindergarten this year. He tells me he wants to learn to tell time, tie his shoes, learn a new language, play basketball and make new friends. He attends an increasingly rare school that allows a decent amount of time for...
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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 9:15am
'This Is a Test': Educating to End the School-to-Grave-Pipeline in Ferguson and Beyond
“We were at graduation, me and him, and we were talking. He said he wasn’t going to end up like some people on the streets. He was going to get an education.” – Hershel Johnson , a friend Michael Brown’s since middle school. In the wake of the police murder of the unarmed 18-year-old African...
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (Credit: flickr / cc / world economic forum) Views
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 7:30am
Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests
“…the Gates Foundation agrees with those who’ve decided that assessment results should not be taken into account in high-stakes decisions on teacher evaluation or student promotion for the next two years, during this transition.” — Vicki Phillips, director of the U.S. education program at the Bill...
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 6:15am
Arne Duncan Has Labeled Every School in Washington State a Failure. Cue the Revolt.
The ultimate absurdity of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has been visited upon my home state of Washington. One of the many outlandish propositions of NCLB was that 100 percent of students at all schools in the United States would be fully proficient in reading and math, as registered by...
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Last year, a parent of student at the Earth School in Manhattan wore a button protesting new standardized testing. Now, teachers at the school have vowed to boycott the Common Core tests later this year. (Photo: Michael Appleton/NYT) Views
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:30am
'Act of Conscience' as Teachers Vow Permanent Boycott of Common Core
Last spring I was invited to the Earth School in the East Village of New York City to speak at a forum about the lessons of the MAP test boycott that I helped to organize in Seattle. Earth School 4 th and 5 th grade teacher Jia Lee, along with insurgent teacher union activists in MORE and parents...
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