UNITED TEACHERS-LOS ANGELES STATEMENT

MOTION INTRODUCED BY COALITION FOR EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE THAT OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED UNITED TEACHERS-LOS ANGELES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON FEBRUARY 9, 2000

Whereas the UTLA House of Representatives has already taken a stand against norm-referenced standardized tests in general, and the Stanford 9 test in particular,
Whereas norm-referenced tests such as the Stanford 9 are culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically biased,
Whereas test and drill preparation for the Stanford 9 takes valuable time away from more academically enriching educational activities,
Whereas the Stanford 9 test is not aligned with the California curriculum
And whereas the California state legislature is developing an Academic
Performance Index using the Stanford 9 test as an academic measure to rank schools against each other and to determine various rewards and sanctions, including reconstitution,
And whereas LAUSD is proposing to use the Stanford 9 in the future as one criterion for student retention, leading to race and class biased retention and higher student drop?out rates,
Be it resolved that UTLA opposes the continued use of the Stanford 9 test as a measure of student achievement in California and in LAUSD,
Be it further resolved that UTLA work with our state affiliates, parent groups and community organizations to demand a District?wide waiver from the Stanford 9 and lobby for replacing it with authentic, performance based instruments that more accurately assess student learning,
Be it further resolved that UTLA work with teachers, parent groups, and community organizations to disseminate information about individual student waivers from the Stanford 9, and facilitate collecting those waivers from interested parties,
Be it further resolved that UTLA ensure that students and schools not be penalized in any way for submitting waivers from the Stanford 9,and that intervention programs such as tutoring be open to all, not dependent on whether or not a student takes the Stanford 9 test,
Be it further resolved that UTLA and its allies lobby to rechannel the funding for merit scholarships based on Stanford 9 scores to tutoring and other intervention programs for students in need.