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
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
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
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
The longest legislative session in state history may soon be over.
Date: 07/08/2015 | The Petri Dish
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...
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...
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
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...
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
Michael Bervell is already excited about next year
Alexander Helman hopes to study abroad through college
MPHS Class of 2015 refused to let tragedy define them (gallery)
Date: 06/11/2015 | Local News
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
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
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 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
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
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