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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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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Friday, January 10, 2014 - 7:45am
One Year Since Our Test Boycott, Fight Against Corporate Education Reform Just Beginning
One year ago today, my colleagues and I at Seattle’s Garfield High School set off on a bold journey: we called a press to announce our unanimous vote to refuse to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test .
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Monday, June 3, 2013 - 12:31pm
Scrapping the MAP Charts a Course Toward Good Teaching, Not Flawed Testing
In an all-district email sent May 13, Superintendent José Banda wrote, “High schools may opt out of MAP in 2013-14.” The announcement led to celebrations at Garfield High School as students and teachers traded high fives and fist bumps in the hallways.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:13pm
Seattle Test Boycott Victory: One Step in the Struggle for Quality Education
“High schools may opt out of MAP in 2013-14."
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