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Superintendent of Public Instruction

Good start for state’s new tests

School's out, but the test results for the state's new Smarter Balanced Assessment for students in the third through eighth grades and high school juniors are coming in.Supporters and detractors of the new testing regimen will likely argue over what the numbers mean, but...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Editorials

A summer of special sessions?

Remember those heady days earlier this month when — word was — state House and Senate budget negotiators had struck a tentative deal on the size of the state budget and a conclusion to the second special session might be just days away? That we might avoid a costly and...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Editorials

7 steps for reform

How Legislature can solve the education funding mess

Date: 05/10/2015 | Commentary

Culture in the curriculum

Schools to integrate native traditions

Date: 05/04/2015 | Local News

An enticement for lawmakers

After a four-day break, state lawmakers were scheduled to resume work today to finish what they couldn't in the regular session to show adequate progress to fully fund education, agree to a package of transportation projects and find agreement to adopt the operating and capital budgets...

Date: 04/29/2015 | Editorials

Reforms would add state, local control

With a flicker of bipartisanship, work has begun on a significant reform of the nation's main education law, No Child Left Behind, which could end a lot of the frustration among students, parents and teachers with...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Editorials

38 county schools earn Washington Achievement Awards

More than three dozen Snohomish County schools received the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s highest honor for 2014. There are 38 local schools among 401 across the state to earn Washington Achievement...

Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News

Latest tests offer advantages

Early next week students in the Everett School District's third- though eighth and 11th grades will begin their annual round of testing in math and language arts subjects, but this year marks a shift to a new method of testing.As

Date: 04/07/2015 | Editorials

Get No Child Left Behind waiver, funds back

School districts across the state could regain control of about $40 million in federal funding if the state House and governor agree to a bill passed Wednesday by the Senate.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Editorials

Show of support

State schools chief tours site of Marysville Pilchuck shooting

Date: 12/04/2014 | Local News

State must settle on a test for graduation

It's story problem time. Please get out a No. 2 pencil and remember to show your work. Begin:Ann will be a high school senior in 2016. In order to graduate, Ann will have to take the current test used to measure her proficiency as well as a new test based on the new national...

Date: 11/20/2014 | Editorials

In eyes of the law, nearly all Snohomish County schools ‘failing’

OLYMPIA – Students in Washington public schools are doing as well as they ever have on mandated reading and writing tests.And the class of 2014 attained one of the highest graduation rates on record in the state.

Date: 08/27/2014 | Local News

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