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November 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Question of the Week: What’s the best way to measure student achievement?

Education Lab is a blog for teachers, parents, students and community members to talk about how our schools can better serve the region’s students. Each week, we will provide a question to get the conversation going. This week’s prompt asks a basic question about how we evaluate success in education.

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Comments | More in Opinion, Question of the Week, Your voices | Topics: question of the week, student performance, test scores

November 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Not many teachers can be evaluated using state test scores

Paul Tong / Op Art

Paul Tong / Op Art

School districts across Washington state are starting to evaluate teachers and principals in new, more rigorous ways.  Not surprisingly, that’s not easy.

Rather than simply rating teachers and principals as satisfactory or unsatisfactory, districts are using a four-level scale and, for the first time, must include student academic growth as a significant part of those evaluations.

Just how to do that well? A panel last week at the University of Washington made it clear that question is far from settled.

There’s wide agreement that student learning should be part of teacher and principal evaluations, and that such growth can’t be measured by any one test. The question is: What should be part of the equation?  Classroom assignments/tests?  District ones? State exams given at the end of a school year? And how much weight should any of these receive?


Comments | More in News | Topics: Chris Korsmo, Joe Willhoft, Justin Fox-Bailey

October 25, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Washington outranks Finland in new test score analysis


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In a new study of test scores, Washington outscored Finland in math.  Yes, you read that right.

We may wring our hands over how many students fail our state’s mathematics exams, but a new analysis suggests that eighth-graders here score higher than their counterparts in Finland, which is considered one of the world’s academic powerhouses.


Comments | More in Math and science, News | Topics: Finland, international comparisons, math

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