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April 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

NCLB waiver: Using test scores in evaluations is unreliable

The Seattle Times reporting of the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to revoke Washington state’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind law ["State leaders should save $40 million federal education waiver,” Opinion, April 26] overlooks an important fact: Major research organizations, such as the American Education Research Association and the American Statistical Association,…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: NCLB, No Child Left Behind, Rick George

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…


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

March 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Teacher evaluations: Learning is cumulative

I’m disappointed in the misinformed editorial on federal education funding [“WEA misleading Legislature on California education waiver,” Opinion, March 12]. Bills being pushed through the Legislature are being rushed through with little thought about their effects on teachers and students. A student score on one state test does not show the growth of that…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, federal education funding, Legislature

March 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Teacher evaluations: Legislature’s reluctance a step in the right direction

Multiple choice: Many parents and teachers believe that states should not be forced to use student test scores in evaluating teachers because: A. Complaints that tests promote a narrowed curriculum; B. Evidence that students in more affluent districts score higher (stable residences and sufficient food could be factors); C. Concern that students and teachers would be judged by…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Common Core, education, Mary Wallon

March 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Teacher evaluations: Our education system isn’t failing

I take exception with two things in The Seattle Times’ endorsement of Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed legislation to protect $40 million in federal education funding [“Olympia must act to keep federal education funds,” Opinion, March 11]. First, The Times describes a “menacing” teachers union. However, Washington state teachers receive 5.7 percent less than the average American…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Common Core, David Locke, education

February 25, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Teacher evaluations: Each student is different

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…


Comments | Topics: Kory Gunnell, state Senate, Teacher evaluations

February 20, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Teacher evaluations: Test students at beginning and end of instruction

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…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Randy Dorn, Scott Presho, Student test scores

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.


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