The next four to six years will see changes for public education as the Legislature completes its court-mandated work to amply fund K-12 education and as districts adjust to new statewide tests, and the state determines how results will be applied to graduation requirements. Everett,...
Date: 10/07/2015 | Editorials
It's no secret that many Americans are lousy writers. Just ask any college professor or employer, including those at prestigious institutions. With the advent of email, writing ability has become more important than ever, and writing deficiencies have become increasingly apparent.
Date: 10/04/2015 | Commentary
Five long years ago, Washington and more than 40 other states adopted the Common Core standards in reading and math, setting dramatically higher expectations for students in our elementary and secondary schools. Now we’ve reached a critical milestone in this effort.
Date: 09/08/2015 | Commentary
Every year, thousands of young and enthusiastic teachers all over the country start their first day of work. Within the following five years, at least 17 percent of them will leave the profession. Teacher attrition is especially high in poor, urban schools, where on average about a...
Date: 08/30/2015 | Commentary
Not taking a test tends to bring down your score.That's one of the takeaways from this week's release of results of the state's Smarter Balanced tests for students in third through eighth grades and...
Date: 08/20/2015 | Editorials
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 recent letter to the Herald chastises teachers for the one-day walk-outs that occurred around our state. The big complaint was that it inconvenienced parents, who are stressed finding childcare, while teachers are striking for more money (cost of living increases). But these strikes...
Date: 06/20/2015 | Commentary
Democratic State Sen. Maralyn Chase and seven other senators recently argued against high-stakes testing as a requirement for high-school graduation.
Date: 06/15/2015 | South County Politics
A recent letter to the Herald berated teachers for complaining about salary. He used a valid argument. We all knew going into this profession we were not going to be making a doctor's wages. This fact is true now, and it was true 23 years ago when I got my first teaching job.
Date: 06/06/2015 | Commentary
There are very few achievements in our culture that are valued as much as the high school diploma. And rightly so, for the high school diploma serves two critically important functions:It certifies a minimum standard of competence in academic skills and knowledge.
Date: 05/30/2015 | Commentary
The state is swapping in a new standardized test, the latest shake-up in an 18-year saga that started with the Washington Assessment of Student Learning.
Date: 05/04/2015 | Local News
As spring emerges in the Puget Sound region, students, parents and educators alike are turning their focus to the latest and greatest version of Washington state's student assessments. While standardized tests can be a productive measure of certain aspects of a student's competency,...
Date: 04/18/2015 | Commentary
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
Millions of dollars are being spent on Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium testing, or Common Core testing, as school districts respond to new federal requirements. In this frenzied era of reform, I'm puzzled: Why is so much attention being paid to testing and so little...
Date: 04/11/2015 | Commentary
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
The Washington state Senate is gearing up to pass a bill that would mean teachers and principals would be evaluated based on student state test score results. Though our Legislature believes this will effectively analyze our teachers and according to some will "weed...
Date: 04/04/2015 | Commentary
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
Since October, the Herald Editorial Board has outlined what it sees as priorities for the Legislature as it begins its 105-day session on Monday. We recap a few of them here:Education: Not that the Legislature should have needed additional motivation, but...
Date: 01/11/2015 | Editorials
In addressing education funding when it convenes in January, the Legislature must serve two masters.It has to satisfy a state Supreme Court ruling — and lift a contempt of court finding — that mandates that it fulfill its paramount duty to fully fund education in...
Date: 12/15/2014 | Editorials