There had been an op-ed piece in the Times about what is needed for good education, namely, good teachers that are assessed regularly. Then, as a follow-up, a Federal Way administrator suggest parents aren't serious about telling their kids the realities of learning i.e. it's hard work.
It's an interesting take because the WASL was originally developed to assess teachers, not students. This is not to say that teachers don't likely get feedback from WASL results but I'm not sure what is in place to help teachers whose classes score below standard.
Also, I've always thought that parents are the third rail of education but, as we all know as parents (and teachers probably know really well), you can't critizize another parent's parenting. And, what I think is good parenting re;education, you might think is overkill (or lax). The Federal Way administrator thinks that the Singapore way might be better and that kids should feel obligated to do well for their parents and, to some extent, the greater society. And, that we are permissive parents and allow too much technology fun for our kids. (I plead guilty to that to some extent.)
But he ends with something like "learning is not supposed to be easy or fun". I'd agree; I think when you are really interested in something, it sets you on fire and times flies but mostly, it's hard work.