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…More
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It’s inconceivable to many Washington parents that the majority of our state’s K-12 teachers would accept losing around $40 million in federal dollars — targeting preschool, summer-school, after-school and other critical enhancement efforts. earmarked for our state’s most at-risk kids [“State leaders should save $40 million federal education waiver,” Opinion, April 26]. It’s embarrassing…More
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.More
Standardized tests waste time Having matriculated through Seattle schools, I am all too familiar with the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test [“Seattle high schools can drop MAP exams,” NWTuesday, May 14]. I am thrilled that schools will not have to take as much time for these MAP exams. As a student with a learning disability,…More