Why Should We Care About Washington State?

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Watch out Oklahoma public school parents. Oklahoma could end up like Washington state where no matter what school your child attends, it’s failing. Yes. Almost every school in Washington is a failing school for not meeting the No Child Left Behind mandate of 100% proficiency in math and reading. Can any school attain that? As John Higgins, a reporter for the Seattle Times wrote in his article “Loss of No Child Left Behind waiver means schools will be ‘failing’,” No Child Left Behind requires all children to pass state math and reading tests this year. But even the Accelerated Progress Program at Lincoln school in Seattle — for students who score highly on cognitive and achievement tests — would be considered failing under the No Child law because it hasn’t reached 100 percent proficiency for all students, according to the district. No Washington school district with enough students to report test scores reached that mark last year. 

Washington lost its No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver for not tying teacher evaluations to standardized tests. So, as a result, the schools must meet performance standards as outlined by NCLB. If students in every public school aren’t meeting 100% proficiency in reading and math, then the school is labeled as “failing.” Even if a school is 98% proficient, it’s still failing under the law. The parents of the students at the school will be getting the letter outlining why it’s failing. That’s a lot of letters.

Not only that, the Federal Government will now take control of funding for low-income students; the money (around $40 million) will have to be used to pay for private tutoring next year. Previously that money had been used for items such as full-day kindergarten and providing preschool.

Which brings me to the question: Why should we care about Washington (other than Starbucks started there)?

Because Oklahoma could be in the same mess if we repeal Common Core. The Federal government could jerk Oklahoma’s NCLB waiver. Do we want to lose both money and local control?

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Betty Casey has been editor of TulsaKids for over 20 years – her youngest child was 3-years-old when she started working for the magazine. She and her husband Wes have three young adult children. Betty’s blog ranges from writing about current issues or information of interest to local parents, reflecting on her life without kids at home, and posting a few recipes now and then. (Cooking and running are two or her favorite past-times.) Betty is the author/illustrator of three children’s books, "May Finds Her Way," "That is a Hat" and "The Prince of the Prairie" (The RoadRunner Press). She was named Blogger of the Year in 2014 by The Great Plains Journalism Awards, was a finalist in 2015 and won again in 2016. Most recently, she was named the 2017 News Blogger of the Year. She has also won numerous writing awards from the Parenting Media Association.

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