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Dorn's delay

State Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn's idea to postpone requiring math and science tests for high school graduation may be a good first sign that the state can move away from the WASL as a measure of achievement and focus on rigorous course content instead.

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Most kids left behind

New evidence shows that the Bush administration's famous "No Child Left Behind" education law creates standards that aren't really standards, with unfair and exasperating outcomes for the nation's students.

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Hey kids: Get a job!

Better yet, Seattle's next mayor should make sure all high school students spend a year working. It's the best thing he can do to prepare them for adulthood ... and boost graduation rates too.

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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

WA achievement gap: Students need more college counselors

"Washington’s education leaders should look toward school counselors to help reverse the state’s low college-going rates, a detriment to the state’s future work force."

SEATTLE TIMES

Lake Stevens High student named "Super Kid"

High school senior and running-start student Katherine Ball is the new Super Kid for award-winning oceanic research in Possession Sound.

HERALD (EVERETT)

Seattle Public Theater surveys child expression in 'Gideon's Knot'

Understanding the parent, teacher, child triangle: "How can we be the parents our children need, not just the ones they get?"

PARENTMAP

An artistic approach to prepare for climate change

A new course at the University of Oregon unites climate shift with storytelling to show students scenarios of our demise by combining science and arts. 

NEW YORK TIMES

Raising non-racist white kids

Research indicates that white families talk far less about race than families of color, to the detriment of everyone's children.

SLATE

States propose no-cost community college

Oregon, Tennessee and Mississippi are the first states to propose no-tuition plans at community colleges in an effort to boost the number of young people pursuing higher education. 

SEATTLE TIMES

Is college becoming obsolete?

With MOOCs (massive open online courses) on the rise, higher education faces questions about its continued relevance in the modern world.

WIRED

The SAT breakdown: debunking standardized expectations

College Board president David Coleman discusses the nature of SAT scores by critically thinking about justified theories to support answer choices. 

NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
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