Why I opted my kids out of the SBAC.

My parents never opted me out of a standardized test. And I never thought of opting my elementary school kids out of the state MSP tests. But I’m opting out of the SBAC. Why? Because I looked at it, and I tried to imagine my kids taking it. It looked like a thoroughly unpleasant experience, with a clunky user interface and ambiguous questions, all for scores that will not give me or their teachers an accurate picture of their “readiness for college and career.” Best case, they’ll come home a little tired. Worst case, they’ll come home burned out and … Continue reading Why I opted my kids out of the SBAC.

Is House Bill 1546 a charter schools bill in disguise? (It sure quacks like one) (btw – Charters are currently illegal in Washington State)

House Bill 1546 sounds an awful lot like a sneaky attempt to get charter schools legalized in Washington State, disguised as “innovation schools.” Whether that’s what it is, or whether it’s an attempt to make our state qualify for a “Race to the Top” grant on the next round (if there will be a next round) using semantics, there really ought to be a public discussion about this bill. So let’s start here, shall we? After all, it imposes merit pay, discourages collective bargaining, allows for all kinds of waivers of state law, and targets the “achievement gap” — that … Continue reading Is House Bill 1546 a charter schools bill in disguise? (It sure quacks like one) (btw – Charters are currently illegal in Washington State)

Washington State Remains Free from “Race to the Top” Extortion

Seattle Ed 2010 Editorial So our state was not selected by Arne Duncan & co. for his “Race to Privatization and Teacher Demoralization.” (See: “Washington Not a ‘Race to the Top’ Finalist State,” Puget Sound Business Journal.) Hooray! That’s right. This is good news. There are some who are lamenting this “loss” of the RTTT monies, like League of Education Voters’ Chris Korsmo: “Our kids need and deserve a world class education to be competitive in today’s global marketplace. Right now, we’re coming up short.” But there are others among us who are glad that our state is not going … Continue reading Washington State Remains Free from “Race to the Top” Extortion