I read the editorial regarding teacher evaluations [“State Senate fails on teacher evaluations,” Opinion, Feb. 23]. I have to say I disagree with the position expressed. I agree we need to hold teachers accountable for their work and it is sad to lose $40 million, but you simply cannot expect the same outcomes for…More
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In response to Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn’s call for state test scores as part of teacher evaluation: I am a science teacher in a middle school in Snohomish County [“Consider test scores in teacher evaluations,” Opinion, Feb. 13]. If the test scores used as part of my evaluation were from a pre-test…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