United Educators of San Francisco Statement

United Educators of San Francisco:
February 2000 Delegate Assembly Meeting of the United Educators of San Francisco. UESF is a merged organization and belongs to both AFT and NEA.

Whereas California has adopted the Stanford 9 as the essential component of the STAR testing program, and
Whereas the STAR testing program is being used for school ranking and
grade level promotions, and
Whereas serious questions exist regarding the reliability of said tests, and
Whereas serious questions exist regarding the test's freedom from bias,
especially as it relates to English Language learners and children of poverty, and
Whereas serious questions exist regarding the validity of such high-stakes exams as a measure of accountability for an entire educational program, and
Whereas the Stanford 9 and other similar standardized tests are not aligned with the California State Standards nor with curriculum and
Therefore be it resolved that UESF work with school communities, parents, labor, and other educator locals to build a state-wide coalition to oppose the use of standardized tests such as the Stanford 9 high-stakes exam.