Letters to the Editor

School director playing politics

Oak Harbor School Board Director Peter Hunt is apparently completely unwilling to accept the fact that he has misused and now purposely continues to misuse overall Washington State Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores, which are given only to college-bound 11th and 12th grade students, in order to deflect public attention away from the test results of all local school district students on criterion reference tests given to students in grades three to 10.

Mr. Hunt’s repeated main thrust (Letters, Dec. 21) seems to be that, overall, Washington students lead the nation in SAT scores.

After Director Hunt’s earlier Soundoff column appeared making his point, I emailed both him and the rest of the Oak Harbor School Board directly and I provided them with this information from the College Board itself:

“A Word About Comparing States and Schools: The SAT is a strong indicator of trends in the college-bound population, but it should never be used alone for such comparisons because demographics and other nonschool factors can have a strong effect on scores.”

Subsequently, Joyce King’s letter to the editor, which correctly identified similar flaws in director Hunt’s Soundoff, appeared in print. In response, a printed “responsorial” letter from director Hunt repeated his main point, invoking an appeal-to-authority, citing the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as the source of his information. State Superintendent Randy Dorn is an elected official and so is Director Peter Hunt.  Both are perennially playing politics with our kids’ educations.

William Burnett
Oak Harbor


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