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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…

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Comments | Topics: beacon hill, education, standardized testing

April 29, 2014 at 7:04 AM

NCLB waiver: Teachers union is just making an obtuse point

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…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind waiver, standardized testing

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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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bob Dorse, Robert Cruickshank, Roger J. Wong

May 17, 2013 at 7:28 AM

MAP exams

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,…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, MAP test, Measures of Academic Progress