Schools’ state test results show gains in math, science
Lornet Turnbull Seattle Times staff reporter August 30, 2011
In making the announcements Tuesday, Randy Dorn, state superintendent of public instruction, said year-over-year gains suggest that new learning standards have been clarified and that there is “better alignment between instruction and what kids need to learn.
“We didn’t dramatically change what a fourth-grader has to know,” he said. “I believe the tests are just as tough, just as hard. The difference is they are being tested on what they just learned and there are clear, better standards.”