Implementing new evidence-based methods to measure student performance can be challenging. But when has Washington backed down from a challenge? Certainly not when there’s this much at stake.
All Washington kids deserve a life filled with options and a quality education that will enable them to pursue whatever path they choose. The journey starts with clear expectations and tools for every child that promote the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
Washington is one of 43 states that have implemented the Common Core State Standards. These standards provide teachers, students and parents with clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do.
The new Smarter Balanced tests, being used this spring in Washington and 16 other states (including most western states ), align with Common Core and will serve as a valuable tool in helping teachers and families make sure students are on track.
Performance measures make clear when a student needs help or a greater challenge. These tools may be new, and their implementation complex, but they are critical in the effort to ensure better outcomes for all kids. Let’s keep the momentum going.