Garfield High School teachers’ unanimous boycott of the Measures of Academic Progress test (known as the MAP) halted the standardized testing juggernaut that began with President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, and raised important questions about the efficacy and fairness of the test as well as its role in evaluating teacher performance. In May, school superintendent José Banda announced that the test will no longer be administered in Seattle high schools, but the question remains: What next for middle and elementary schools?
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.