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.

In Olympia, lawmakers are tackling an issue they’ve largely ignored: Education for students with disabilities. Over the weekend, the state Senate unanimously passed two bills that would improve funding, accountability and programs for special-education services that federal law guarantees to 15 percent of Washington’s 1.1 million public-school students. They now await consideration from the House, […]

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