The Jan. 3 editorial, “School funding threatened by test boycott,” is a good illustration of what can be wrong with testing. The Herald’s argument boiled down to “Take the 11th grade test or we lose federal funding.” Shouldn’t the justification be, “Take the 11th grade test, it’s good for your learning?”
The Herald hints that 11th grade test should be made mandatory with the sinister-sounding “And therein lies the problem, we suspect.” No need to reason with anyone? The feds hold (our) money over the state; the state requires our kids to take another test. Will it improve learning?
Why the Seattle bashing? Why avoid mentioning locals? The Herald’s own website states: “Kennewick, the numbers dropped to 30 percent participation for reading and 9 percent for math. Richland saw 30 percent of its 11th-graders take the reading assessment and 19 percent take math.”
No plaudits for Pasco? “71 percent taking the English assessment and 85 percent taking math.” That’s more participation than both other districts combined. Maybe people should simply ask what Pasco School District teachers and principals are doing and copy it.
Matthew Ruane, Richland