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The Daily Ed: August 30, 2012

Wash. student exams show math and science improvement (Seattle Times)
“Statewide test results released Wednesday show more Washington state students are passing their science and math exams, but reading scores are down in some grade levels.”
For more local rundowns, see The Bellingham Herald, The Kitsap Sun, The Olympian, The Tacoma News Tribune, Tri-City Herald and Yakima Herald.

Column: Is it bad if charters attract private school students? (Tacoma News Tribune)
A study from the RAND Corp. shows that about 8 percent of students enrolled in charter schools were previously enrolled in private schools. Columnist Peter Callaghan looks into what this means financially and politically.

Test scores will now play part in teacher, principal evaluations (The Columbian)
The Columbian reminds readers that the state will begin to require test scores to be part of teacher and principal evaluations, though what weight they will hold is still to be determined locally.

Student-built lantern house installed on lighthouse (Everett Herald)
High school students on Whidbey Island built and installed a lighthouse tower as part of a restoration project for their shop class.

Survey shows support for Wenatchee Learns proposals (Wenatchee World)
Proposals to reform Wenatchee’s schools have broad public support, according to a recent survey.

‘Common Core’ approach taking shape in local schools (The Lower Columbia Daily News)
Teachers and leaders from the Longview School District talk about their switch to teaching to the Common Core standards.

Digital advocacy group wields policy influence (Education Week)
Report cards from the advocacy group Digitial Learning Now! have been influential tools in moving legislators to act on legislation pushing tech in the classroom.

Common standards: Blaming and bragging in the presidential campaign (Education Week)
Both major presidential campaigns are somewhat treating the push for Common Core standards as a federal initiative, either to take credit for or deride them, even though the standards were created through initiative from the states.

Thursday Bonus: 11 Month Old Twins Dancing to Daddy’s Guitar
These girls have already got the moves!

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