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January 23, 2015 at 5:24 PM

No Child Left Behind: Impossible standards for teachers, students

Thanks to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray [“Fix Outdated Federal Education Law,” Opinion, Jan. 13] for her common-sense ideas about the education today. I can remember sitting at a faculty meeting in 2002 when No Child Left Behind was first introduced to us. We, the teachers, looked at each other in bewilderment, knowing NCLB wouldn’t work. All…

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January 29, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Teacher evaluations: Imperative for core skills; some things out of teachers’ control

Student testing is imperative to maintain core proficiencies

Having been a tutor in Seattle Schools for the past 17 years, a parent of three children who are all college graduates and now adults with their own children, I disagree with Robert Cruickshank’s opinion that test score of students should not be used to evaluate teachers [“Resist federal pressure to consider test scores in teacher evaluations,” Opinion, Jan. 24].

From my perspective, the main job of teachers is to make sure that our children graduate with a proficiency in reading, writing and arithmetic. This has not been happening for many years. I just recently spoke with a high school 11th-and-12th-grade math teacher who lamented that some of her students did not have the proficiency of third- or fourth-grade students.

Testing in these core subjects is imperative. Remedial action must be taken immediately when students fall behind. Teachers should be rewarded for keeping students on the high-achieving academic track.

Bob Dorse, Seattle

Sick of teachers blamed for things out of their control

I totally agree with Robert Cruickshank’s guest column. He showed how damaging and ridiculous it is to include student test scores when evaluating teachers.

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