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
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