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Where Common Core helps and hinders students with writing

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

A new school year; same old funding woes

This week is the real start of the new year.Parents take their five-year-olds to their first day of kindergarten, kids return to new grades and new expectations, high schools gear up for football and cross country and soccer, the weather turns colder and wetter, the days are...

Date: 09/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Common Core sets the bar for education

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

Don’t lower bar set by new tests

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

Senate GOP, Democrats reach deal that could end session

The longest legislative session in state history may soon be over.

Date: 07/08/2015 | The Petri Dish

Class of 2015: Taking charge of his life

One sport wasn't challenge enough for Nick Venema.Freshmen year, he participated in football, basketball and baseball at Edmonds-Woodway High School. His sophomore year, it was football, wrestling and baseball. In his junior...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News

Class of 2015: Setting priorities for a bright future

During his first two years of high school, Grant Schuetze didn't think his classes were important. "I kind of stopped trying," he said.It wasn't until his junior year that he learned how dire his situation was. "My counselor said, ‘You...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News

Class of 2015: Fearless and focused, science in her sights

Indira Rayala has lived in two worlds.Born in India, the 18-year-old expresses her heritage through dance. Raised here, she has made the most of her school years.With a 3.95 grade point average, Indira graduated Saturday from the Everett district's

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News

Class of 2015: Finding inspiration, courage

One college-bound member of the class of 2015 found inspiration in tough times.Kadah Martin, an 18-year-old Lake Stevens High School graduate, has been accepted at Whitworth University in Spokane, where she plans to study nursing...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News

Words of wisdom from 2015 commencement speakers

This year’s college graduates may not need as much of a pep talk during graduation ceremonies as in recent years. The national unemployment rate is down to 5.4 percent, the lowest level since 2008. And employers plan to hire more graduates this year than last.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Life

From Kamiak to Harvard

Michael Bervell is already excited about next year

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News

Next stop: Princeton

Alexander Helman hopes to study abroad through college

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News

There was so much more

MPHS Class of 2015 refused to let tragedy define them (gallery)

Date: 06/11/2015 | Local News

2015 high school graduation schedule

Graduation season is here for the class of 2015. Many commencement ceremonies require tickets, which are given to graduates for their guests. Here's a schedule of area high school graduations:ACES High School: 7 p.m. June 4, ACES High School gymnasium, 9700...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Local News

Standards for diploma should recognize diverse array of talents

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

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

U.S. high school graduation rates up

The nation's high school graduation rate ticked up for the third year in a row, according to new federal data released Thursday, which show that 81 percent of the Class of 2013 graduated within four years.That's an increase of one percentage point since 2012 and two...

Date: 02/13/2015 | Nation & World

House panel to hear proposal to eliminate graduation exams in Washington

SEATTLE — Two bills being heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday would eliminate the need to pass statewide tests to earn a high school diploma.The two proposals would both keep the high school tests in place, but passing those tests would not be a graduation requirement.

Date: 02/03/2015 | Northwest

Oregon posted worst 2013 high school graduation rate in U.S.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon has nowhere to go but up when it releases the graduation rate for the class of 2014 on Thursday.

Date: 01/26/2015 | Northwest

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