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Badger Club Debates Federal vs. State Education Testing

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Pasco Superintendent Saundra Hill and Kennewick Superintendent Dave Bond presented their desires for local or state decisions over federal testing and standards in our schools. Pasco Superintendent Saundra Hill and Kennewick Superintendent Dave Bond presented their desires for local or state decisions over federal testing and standards in our schools.
RICHLAND, WA- Student achievement and testing in our schools was a highly debated topic at the Columbia Basin Badger Club's meeting Friday afternoon.

Pasco Superintendent Saundra Hill and Kennewick Superintendent Dave Bond presented their desires for local or state decisions over federal testing and standards in our schools.

Hill argued in Pasco alone, 1,400 kids come into the school district every year, 900 of them as non-english speakers. Hill said it is making it incredibly difficult to get them up to standards set by D.C. and the No Child Left Behind Act that passed in 2001.

"It's been such a disaster (No Child Left Behind), so we hope, like I said, I got an email today that looks like there's been some movement in congress. They're hopefully going to address a re-authorization that will improve the parts that were broken," explained Hill.

Hill explained the testing has "crossed the line" and teachers are taking a third of the year in what she calls "disruption" days to administer testing.

However, Hill and Bond do like the change in teacher ratings that is now in it's first fully established year. Now, instead of a pass or fail option , teachers are graded on a 30 point scale.
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