No National Standards!

The governors and CSSO’s of 46 states have joined Arne Duncan and formed a compact to develop national standards for the K-12 schools. All of this was done in secret and announced recently at a national conference. There are many reasons to be concerned about this development. A new website has been created to . . . → Read More: No National Standards!

Back to the Real Basics

Marion Brady has allowed us to post a recent article we feel is of great importance. He asks us to examine problems we are facing with our current curriculum and to consider our purposes in the face of a changing world. If you want to stretch your brain a bit, read “Back . . . → Read More: Back to the Real Basics

A Song by Tom Chapin

Here is a song by Tom Chapin that fits my beliefs pretty well.

Learning Essentials Assessment Program

10-Points in the Development of a Quality Assessment Program I support the use of content standards as one component of an accountability system for the students and schools of the State of Washington. I further believe that state required accountability tests, based on these standards, must be practical and useful to parents and educators. These . . . → Read More: Learning Essentials Assessment Program

Back to the Real Basics by Marion Brady

“Standards!” “Accountability!” “Raise the bar!” “Rigor!” “No excuses!”

The slogans and catchwords of would-be school reformers are exploited by politicians, broadcast by radio talk-show hosts, plastered on car bumpers, underlined by newspaper editorialists, elaborated in the popular press, and taken seriously by much of the general public.

They’re also favorite themes of . . . → Read More: Back to the Real Basics by Marion Brady

Tips On Writing a “WASL” Letter to the Editor

One way to get the attention of the public regarding our concerns about the WASL is to write letters to the editors of local papers. An occasional letter doesn’t count for much, but a concentrated effort around the State will influence not just the public but the legislature as well. This technique is being . . . → Read More: Tips On Writing a “WASL” Letter to the Editor