In the past, this report and the national test that it's based on played an important role in developing America's education policy: As some states, continued to post rising state test scores, the comparison study provided a fact check — showing that scores increased not because students were learning more, but because the tests were getting easier.

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Education Lab is a Seattle Times project that spotlights promising approaches to some of the most persistent challenges in public education. It is produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network, a New York-based nonprofit that works to spread the practice of solutions-oriented… Read more

Last month's Washington Supreme Court ruling that the state’s 12 charter schools can continue to receive state lottery money does not mean necessarily end the battle over the publicly-funded, privately-run schools.

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