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Education
12:03 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

New learning standards could cause nosedive in Wash. test scores

Test scores could plunge once the Common Core standards come in.
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Seattle families should expect steep drops in student test scores as public schools adopt new national learning standards, according to a report to be presented Wednesday evening to the Seattle School Board.

Starting next year, students in Washington, 44 other states, and the District of Columbia will be held to new, tougher standards known as Common Core. That could cause some sticker shock once test scores start rolling in a year later.

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MAP test boycott
5:36 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Seattle Public Schools will let high schools scrap the MAP

Teachers and their backers rallied outside district headquarters before a school board meeting in January 2013.
Gabriel Spitzer

Seattle public high schools will be able to opt out of the controversial Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP tests, starting next year.

The policy change comes after teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School staged a boycott of the MAP tests in January, blasting the tests for giving unreliable data and for sucking up classroom resources. A half-dozen more Seattle schools have since signed on, and the protest has drawn national and international attention.  

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Education
9:58 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Seattle test boycotters rally national support

Teachers are trying to generate a show of support for their boycott of teh MAP tests.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

A group of Seattle teachers is trying to rally national support behind its boycott of a required test, even as they face reprisals from the school district. Teachers protesting the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP tests, asked their supporters to besiege district headquarters with phone calls and emails. They say the tests waste class time and give misleading information, and they object to MAP scores being used in their own professional evaluations.

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Education
6:01 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Standoff escalates over test boycott

Teachers and their backers rallied outside district headquarters before a school board meeting.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

The standoff over a series of tests mandated by Seattle Public Schools heated up Wednesday, as another high school joined a growing boycott of the tests and district leaders threatened protesters with suspension.

Teachers say the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP tests, assess material not covered in class, give poor results and swallow up teaching time. Four schools have rebelled against the tests, with Chief Sealth High the latest to join. Superintendent Jose Banda made clear Wednesday what the consequences of that boycott could be: up to 10 days' suspension without pay.

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Education
6:17 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Seattle schools chief: We'll fight disparities with data

Superintendent Jose Banda says deep data will help close the achievement gaps.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

As students around Puget Sound begin a new school year, administrators are pushing hard to close disparities in student achievement.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Wash. students inch upward in college readiness scores

Just one in five Wash. students take the ACT, but that group is improving year-over-year.
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Washington students did a bit better last year on one of the major standardized tests measuring college readiness. Just about one in five Washington seniors takes the ACT – the SAT”s slightly less famous cousin – but that group saw modest gains over the previous four years.  Thirty-eight percent of test-takers met the college readiness standard in all four subjects tested: English, reading, math and science, up from 34 percent year before.

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Student testing
6:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Update: Washington students doing better with new tests, timing

Even Washington middle school students do better with the state's new tests and testing strategy.
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Math appears to be less of a problem than it used to be for Washington students trying to graduate from high school. More than two-thirds of them passed new state tests required to get their diplomas. Some students could even clear the hurdle before they finish middle school. 

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K-12 Education
6:05 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Struggling students have mixed results in Title I program

Test scores for some students who get services through the federal Title I program have improved in Washington, according to a report.
Seattle Public Schools

Some students with the lowest test scores in Washington have made big gains over the past few years, while others have fallen farther behind.

Researchers found a mixed bag when they looked at the Title I program, a federal effort to help disadvantaged kids.

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