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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Washington Assessment of Student Learning
August 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Merit pay: How would success be determined?

With merit pay, no way to determine who merits the money Editor, The Times: I see you’ve jumped onto the ever popular merit-pay bandwagon [“Merit pay for teachers would end fight on pay,” Opinion, editorial, Aug. 24]. It sounds so good on paper. But you argue it would take the steam out of salary negotiations? How? By paying…

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August 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Math textbook debate: Is math really that important?

Listening to math experts won’t help select a textbook Which statement is most absurd: Each school district should choose its math book, or “math people” — engineers, mathematicians and scientists — enjoy practicing their math skills with drills? I wouldn’t be surprised if the countries that do well in math education use the same book nationwide. Perhaps…

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August 11, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Washington Assessment of Student Learning: an expensive failure

Let teachers do the jobs they’re hired for If Times editors are grasping at WASL in its last breaths [“Study: WASL boosted some skills,” NWThursday, July 30], they should take a random polling of parents and teachers throughout the state instead of relying on the results of one admittedly targeted study of a relatively small sample…

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June 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM

WASL retirement

Increasing graduation rates will take a bite out of crime Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn wants to shift the focus of education reform away from testing to improved high-school graduation rates [“WASL wanes, with new focus on dropout rate,” page one, June 19]. As a police chief, I believe this shift in focus will not…

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June 11, 2009 at 4:31 PM

WASL replacement

Good riddance to WASL, welcome to promising new test In response to the article “Wash. Ed officials to offer new info about tests” [seattletimes.com, Education, June 10] — it is about time there is finally an alternative being proposed to replace the WASL. With so many students struggling and many failing to pass the WASL in…

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January 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

WASL reforms

Blowing smoke about feasibility Newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) were the subject of a Seattle Times editorial Sunday [“Scrutiny encouraged for WASL reforms,” Jan. 25]. The Times urged him to slow down the WASL-revisions process in order to let people review it. That’s good advice. But…

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November 28, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Math’s bad rap

Time to make it fun I want to thank Jerry Large for his Nov. 17 column on Explorations in Math’s MathFest. We think math has a bad reputation. Maybe like exercise, people believe that if it doesn’t hurt, it isn’t working. How much would you like to read, if the only book available was a dictionary? In our…

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