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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Teacher evaluations: Legislature’s reluctance a step in the right direction

Multiple choice: Many parents and teachers believe that states should not be forced to use student test scores in evaluating teachers because:

A. Complaints that tests promote a narrowed curriculum;

B. Evidence that students in more affluent districts score higher (stable residences and sufficient food could be factors);

C. Concern that students and teachers would be judged by an invalid testing method;

D. All of the above.

The correct answer, of course, is D, and the Legislature’s reluctance to require student test scores in teacher evaluations is a step in the right direction.

Many hope that Washington will be among the states that are pushing back against federal education policy. The Times has advocated judging teachers and schools by how well their students perform on a variety of “inevitably imperfect” exams (WASL, MAP, etc.).

Perhaps it is time for another look, before the Common Core tests become the new (untested) standard.

Mary Wallon, Seattle

Comments | More in Education | Topics: Common Core, education, Mary Wallon

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