The State of State Standards published by the Fordham Foundation has been hard at work for a number of years grading the educational standards of all 50 states. Washington state has consistently received very poor grades. Hmmmm, makes you wonder.

In the 2006 Fordham report, Joanne Jacobs explains in the section, “It takes a vision: how three states achieved great state standards” why California, Indiana and Massachusetts earned a 4.0 grade point average for their K-12 state standards. There is something to be learned by reading this section which may be very useful when completing self-evaluations.

Attached is a link to this 106 page document. No, don’t read it all, just look at the interesting charts at the beginning of the document showing the states “grades”, then scroll down through the alphabetized states in the last portion of the document to see why Washington earns such low marks.

The way I see it, private school, who have more freedom to choose should be using educational standards for which educators are accountable (I am not advocating testing, testing, testing here). Why not use the best standards as an educational foundation? Are excellent state standards not already aligned? wouldn’t this give private schools an edge over public schools in our state? Wouldn’t excellent K-8 standards ultimately help boost diminishing private school enrollment?

2006 State of the State Standards

2010 State of the State Standards

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About Donna

Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology as well as the admirable work of others who integrate contemporary research on how people learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will expedite the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century 'true north' of his or her own.

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