I served on the Pasco School Board for 13 years. I watched as administrators and teachers grappled with the state test mandated first by the state and then by the federal government.
Each year we'd go over the data and see the scores go up or down. At times there was a dramatic rise or fall. Never did I question the integrity of those who administer the crazy patchwork of tests that were given.
Imagine my surprise to see the Herald do just that in its May 20 story. What was the basis for making the claim? A mathematical model used by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. What do we know about its validity? Little or nothing, but apparently enough for the Herald to come very close to accusing hard-working and stressed-out teachers and administrators of cheating.
This is a slap in the face of our educators. Buried in the story was an acknowledgement that those tests have changed, but the overall tenor of the story was that there must be something fishy going on. We put way too much value on these tests. Our teachers and administrators deserve better.
John S. Hergert, Pasco
- Editor's note: Did the Herald's article come "very close" to accusing school officials of cheating? You be the judge: tinyurl.com/TCH-Testing