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September 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Grading Seattle teachers

A level playing field

A supporter draws up a picket sign during a rally in support of better contracts for teachers on Wednesday, August 28 outside of Eckstein Elementary School in Seattle. Backed by the Seattle Education Association (SEA), the rally of 50-60 supporters and teachers took place a week before school starts. [Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times.]

A supporter draws up a picket sign during a rally in support of better contracts for teachers on Wednesday, August 28 outside of Eckstein Elementary School in Seattle. Backed by the Seattle Education Association (SEA), the rally of 50-60 supporters and teachers took place a week before school starts. [Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times.]

Now the big negotiation piece for teachers is being evaluated by test results. [“Seattle teachers to vote on new pact,” page one, Sept. 2.]

Well, let’s make it a level playing field. If teachers are held accountable in this manner, so should the administration, students and parents.

Should class size be significantly lowered for better instruction? Yes. Should new students who speak little English be included in testing? No. Should a child be allowed to pass into the next grade if they have not mastered specific key skills taught at a grade level? No.

Parents should be required to attend conferences. Children should not be allowed to enter kindergarten without knowing the alphabet, how to count to 20, how to read specific sight words and how to write their own name; parents should see to this.

There may be nothing wrong with asking teachers to be evaluated by test results if all those connected to the process agree to do their part too. Teachers, don’t forget to grade your principal.

Jim Thompson, Seattle

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