Letters to the Editor

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Tag: lincoln center

Feb.
1st

TACOMA: Innovation in district is impressive

It has been nearly 10 years since our youngest daughter graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Foss High School, and nearly that long since I worked in the Tacoma School District. I did some exploring on the district’s website to see just what the district has done in the past decade.

I was impressed by the innovation happening in the district’s schools: the School of the Arts has grown to 645 students in grades 9 through 12, with its students showing reading and writing scores above the 80th percentile in the past three years; the staff at Baker Middle

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Dec.
1st

TACOMA: Lincoln Center also deserves recognition

In the Tacoma School District, Lincoln Center has been making huge advances with their kids, yet you hear more about SAMI or SOTA.

There is this feeling of superiority that the teachers and administrators have because they work at the Science and Math Institute or the School of the Arts and get all of this publicity about making such a difference in the Tacoma schools. There is this districtwide opinion that these schools are the pride and joy of the district, and Lincoln Center is merely the younger sibling who can never compare to either SAMI or SOTA.

I don’t

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June
11th

SCHOOLS: Lincoln Center welcomes scrutiny

Re: “Take a closer look at data” (letter, 6-9).

Students of Lincoln Center (LC) thank the writer for his comments about our program. We work hard to earn grades that represent our success; we are confident our rigorous curriculum and extra time we put in raise our GPAs.

The goal of LC is to help students authentically enter college, when normally we wouldn’t have that opportunity.

The writer stated that “data can be easily manipulated.” We agree, but can defend our data.

Dedicated teachers contribute to our success. This isn’t hard evidence, but there is more to share. Tacoma’s graduation

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June
7th

LINCOLN CENTER: Take a closer look at data

Re: “Learn from Lincoln Center success” (letter, 6-4).

I have always believed that if something seems too good to be true then it probably is. I think it would be a mistake to make a rush to judgment in regard to the putative success of Lincoln Center.

Data can be easily manipulated to produce any outcome that the manipulator desire,s and discarding unfavorable data is one of the most obvious methods of data misuse. Since so much of Lincoln Center’s highly touted success in closing the achievement is based on students’ grade-point averages, I would ask if the students in

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