Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Students show progress in state math, science assessments; reading up and down


“Scores on statewide testing continue to show improvement, State Superintendent Randy Dorn said today.

“Specifically, Dorn cited a 10.4 percent jump in fifth-grade science scores, from 55.7 percent of students passing in 2011 to 66.1 percent in 2012, as well as a 4.7 percent jump in eighth-grade scores, from 61.6 percent in 2011 to 66.3 percent in 2012. “

Statewide results for 2011-2012:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Do you agree? Funding, gaps are big K-12 worries

Americans weigh in on public education in 44th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll
  • Americans not so sure high school grads are ready for work (more than 4 out of 10 say no)
  • They feel good about teachers (7 out of 10)
  • They are split about using students' state standardized test results in teacher evaluations

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

National PTA updates charter school position

 Affirms support of charter schools as one of many avenues to improve student achievement. Calls for accountability, transparency and meaningful parent engagement in authorizing, review and decision-making processes

Saturday, August 11, 2012

WSPTA opposes charter school initiative

“We need local oversight”
August 11, 2012

Bellingham, WA – Washington State PTA will oppose I-1240, the initiative that would authorize charter public schools in Washington. Nationally, PTA has conditional support for these independent schools, and the state association has twice backed the concept in the past year. But ultimately the board decided this initiative didn’t meet its criteria for local oversight.

“This wasn’t a decision about the value of charter schools. This was a decision about whether this initiative met our criteria,” said Washington State PTA president Novella Fraser.  The decision was made during a board meeting preceding the association’s annual Leadership Conference, being held this weekend at Western Washington University.