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, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing (Haymarket Books, 2014). Jesse is an 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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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 8:30am
More Than A Score TEDx Talk: Join the Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing
The promise of spring should fill us with delight, but this season is marked with dread and tedium for millions of students around the nation who are entering high-stakes testing season. Hours upon hours will be wasted eliminating wrong answer choices instead of engaging in critical thinking. Hours...
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Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 3:15pm
Six Reasons Why the Opt Out Movement is Good for Students and Parents of Color
Corporate education reformers who seek to reduce teaching and learning to a single score are beginning to realize they are losing the public relations battle. Hundreds of thousands of families across the country are opting out in what has become largest revolt against high-stakes testing in U.S...
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Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
Gentrifying Black History
Thanks to a long history of redlining, formerly black neighborhoods in cities around the country are continuously disappearing under the rapacious churn of financial real estate interests. But city blocks in prime locations aren’t the only things being lost. Gentrification is also happening in our...
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Saturday, January 2, 2016 - 8:30am
Arne Duncan: Testocracy Tsar. Educational Alchemist. Corporate Lackey.
Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, was set to resign at the close of the 2015, ending his tenure as one of the most destructive forces against public education in history. “He’s done more to bring our educational system, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the 21st century than anyone...
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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 2:00pm
Obama Regrets 'Taking the Joy Out of Teaching and Learning' with Too Much Testing
In a stunning turn of events, President Obama announced last weekend that “unnecessary testing” is “consuming too much instructional time” and creating “undue stress for educators and students.” Rarely has a president so thoroughly repudiated such a defining aspect of his own public education...
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 11:00am
Recess in Seattle: How We Won the Right to Play
It was May of 2014. I had just picked up my son from his wonderful play-based preschool, and, as we headed home, I turned on the radio. Usually, my son would demand that I “turn off the boring news” and put on his favorite break beats for the ride home—and usually he’d get his way. But this time, a...
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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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