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Tag Archives: Testing & Evaluation

Vermont’s heroic response shows the way on No Child Left Behind letters

Excerpt: Earlier this year, Washington legislators rejected a demand from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to require teacher evaluations to be based, in part, on student test scores. One of the primary threats Duncan used in demanding Washington State force schools to teach to the test was that if this change was not made, the state […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Washington legislators reject Arne Duncan’s demand, refuse to force schools to teach to the test

Excerpt: Yesterday the Washington State Legislature adjourned without taking action on two bills that would have tightly linked teacher evaluations to student test scores, despite plenty of evidence doing so is a bad idea. Legislators faced an enormous amount of pressure to pass these bills from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan,¬†who threatened to revoke the state’s […]
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Washington should follow California’s lead and resist flawed federal education demands

Excerpt: Next week Washington Governor Jay Inslee will meet with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to discuss the state’s waiver from the requirements of the failed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Last year Duncan’s department threatened to revoke the waiver unless the state legislature mandated that districts include student test scores in teacher evaluations. Currently […]
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Washington State Senate revolts against teaching to the test in key vote

Excerpt: Ever since Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon facilitated the coup that gave Republicans control of the Washington State Senate, true bipartisanship in that body has been a rarity. Tom’s disciplined right-wing caucus have battled Senate Democrats over everything from reproductive rights to transportation choices to the state’s constitutional obligation to fully fund our public schools. […]
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