Losing federal waiver for Washington’s schools is a wake-up call

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

As the first state to lose the waiver under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Washington is in a unique position to improve education reform.

The reasons legislators voted against using standardized test scores in teacher evaluations are valid. We need to take a different approach to accountability.

High-stakes standardized test scores do not accurately measure student growth or teacher effectiveness. This is the core issue, and tops the long list of valid arguments against the use of standardized testing to drive improvements in education.

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