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August 31, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Beacon Hill International School: Cheating unfairly implied

I would like to express my extreme displeasure in the unfounded characterization of in an article on Beacon Hill International School [“Seattle school under review for big jump in state test results,” Local News, Aug. 27].

I appreciate that the Seattle Public Schools felt compelled to report that, “Passage rates in math and reading at Beacon Hill increased so much compared with 2013 that they are now under review by the state.“

However, the article reported no evidence that would lead anyone to believe that cheating or any other action is responsible for the exemplary results. Yet cheating is the only conclusion the reporters suggest. As a parent of a child that just completed K-5 grade at the school, I am offended by this conclusion.

If the reporters had done any research, they would have learned that the school was the recipient of a City of Seattle Families and Education Levy Grant for 2013-2014, which has provided more than $300,000 to implement programs of academic support across the school and especially to those that need it most. They would have learned that since becoming an International School, student retention is higher and enrollment has grown. Staff turnover is low.

It is entirely plausible that the kids made the grade.

David Gackenbach, Seattle

Comments | Topics: beacon hill, education, standardized testing

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