Re: "Will House drop its cowardice, regain school funds?" (editorial, 3-17).
The editorial urging the Washington House to follow the Senate's lead in connecting student test scores to teacher evaluations is shameless. In the pursuit of $40 million (barely 5 percent of the state's - not the districts' - budget), the editorial embraces a nonsensical education policy.
To evaluate teachers with student scores will deepen teachers' incentive to emphasize the test. Further, test scores will carry a mighty load, telling us both how a student and the student's teachers performed.
Using the same measure - test scores - makes student performance and teacher performance exactly the same thing, in other words. This defies both common sense and reams of research about the impact on student performance of factors like a student's socio-economic circumstances and a child's life habits (the amount of words heard and seen in the very first years of life, for instance) established prior to ever getting to school.
Don't sell out the kids, The News Tribune screeches in a pique of histrionics. Just don't think about the mindlessness of joining the education bureaucrat's senseless game; then it'll all make cents, uh, I mean sense.