The Daily Ed: May 11th, 2012

Washington kids above average in national science test (The News Tribune)
While students scored slightly better than the national average (156 points to the nation’s 151), they showed no statistically significant improvement over last year’s scores.

Editorial: State’s students need a break from unending tuition increases (Seattle Times)
“The University of Washington and Washington State University need to raise tuition by 16 percent to recover from steep state disinvestment over years. But students must get a break from the cycle of rate hikes.”

Program engages, accelerates young minds for Kent, Auburn students (Kent Reporter)
With a grant from the Department of Early Learning, the Kent and Auburn School Districts teamed up to create Accelerating Young Minds Pre-K Partnership, an early learning program that helps 42,000 students start school ready.

Kent School District part of new science, technology, engineering and mathematics grant (Kent Reporter)
Kent and other South King County school districts are gaining improved opportunities for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) due to the coordinated work of business and education groups. The program is part of a Washington STEM grant.

Seattle Schools to host conference on how families can support student learning during summer (Seattle Medium)
“Seattle Public Schools is hosting workshops this Sat., May 12 to provide families with tools and information to support their children’s learning during the summer.”

Seattle schools consider earlier start time (KUOW)
“Parents of Seattle Public Schools students are up in arms about a district plan to save $1 million by starting classes up to an hour earlier and consolidating bus routes. School officials say it’s an inconvenient but necessary move to cut transportation costs. Opponents say it will throw early morning routines into disarray and could even wind up leaving students sleep deprived and unready to learn.”

Cute thing of the day (Buzzfeed)
These adorable puppies with pacifiers need no introduction.

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  1. melissa Westbrook May 11, 2012

    You missed that in Snohomish over 500 students did not take the state tests, a protest from their parents over the costs and usefulness of the test.

    Not Washington but I know that LEV is following charter school law. The Alabama Legislature rejected a charter school bill today. Hmm, I guess Washington state doesn’t stand alone at all on this issue.

  2. Nancy Chamberlain May 12, 2012

    So please to be in the company of that forward-thinking state of Alabama!


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