Washington state cited for not evaluating student test scores

WASHINGTON STATE -- A new report says Washington State isn't doing enough to keep tabs of whether your child's on track.

Big changes could be in store for any student in Washington. It all has to with the tests your kids take and how well they perform.

"When you have a certain method, but school districts still get to make decisions, they own the solutions to the problems," says Greg Fancher, Assistant Superintendent of Kennewick Schools.

For years, school districts have been able to avoid the No Child Left Behind Act if they have a plan to track how well students do on tests.
States had until the end of the recent school year to develop a plan, but Washington missed the deadline.
If the state doesn't fix it in the next school year, parents would be able to move their kids out of schools that are considered under-performing.

Here in the Tri-Cities, our local districts already had testing plans in place, but KEPR learned those plans are much different from federal requirements. It boils down to the types of tests given.

Up until now, local school districts have been using tests that are personalized by a teacher. The problem is that federal educators want kids to get standardized tests; meaning one size fits all for every class and every student.

"Let's say I have an AP History class and then a regular history class. The test will cover students in both... so kids in the AP class are expected to do better," Fancher says.

Washington says the testing differences are why it didn't meet the deadline. Currently state officials and federal educators are working on a compromise.

State educators are currently trying to find a compromise with the feds.

Washington, Oregon, and Kansas were all cited for not having testing plans.