Sen. Patty Murray, who will be one of her party’s principal players as Congress works to reauthorize the law known as No Child Left Behind, talked about the law in Seattle on Friday, following her speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate earlier this week.
After reading to some first-graders at Seattle’s Madrona K-8 School, Murray basically reiterated what she said in the other Washington — including not revealing her views on whether student test scores should be part of teacher evaluations.
While Murray said she thinks the No Child law is “badly broken,” she continued to stay quiet on the contentious issue of using student test scores to help gauge teacher effectiveness. Last year, Washington became the first state to lose its waiver from the No Child law’s requirements because lawmakers here refused to require school districts use test scores as part of teacher evaluations. Many states have been granted waivers from most of the law’s requirements since 2007, after Congress failed to reauthorize the law on schedule.
When asked whether she supported requiring school districts to use test scores as a factor in teacher evaluations, Murray said that’s a decision for state legislatures.
“But really, the answer to your question is we need to fix No Child Left Behind, so that those issues are not what we have a dividing line (over),” she said.More