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Press Release-- Mothers Against WASL



PRESS RELEASE

In response to WEA statement on Budget Cuts and WASL Testing

From: Juanita Doyon, parent/educational activist
Washington State Coordinator for the national Assessment Reform
Network in association with FairTest
www.FairTest.org
Organizer, Mothers Against WASL
www.rereformed.com
Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction 2004
Jedoyon@aol.com
253/846-0823

Date: February 22, 2002

MOTHERS AGAINST WASL IS IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE WASHINGTON EDUCATION
ASSOCIATION'S CALL FOR SUSPENSION OF THE WASHINGTON ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT
LEARNING IN THE EVENT OF EDUCATIONAL BUDGET CUTS.

MOTHERS AGAINST WASL WOULD ADD THAT WASL TESTING IS A COSTLY EXPERIMENT IN
TIMES OF BUDGET DEFICIT. WASL IS NOT A TEST OF BASIC SKILLS AND SHOULD NOT
BE CONSIDERED A NECESSITY TO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Teachers and parents are in the best position to assess student ability.
Local school boards and administrations, working within state guidelines, are
in the best position to oversee this process.

Mothers Against WASL calls for all parents to utilize their legal right to
opt their children out of WASL testing, in order to demonstrate support for
those teachers and students who are not provided adequate human resources,
educational tools, or facilities to ensure educational opportunity.

Mothers Against WASL objects to the coercive practice of averaging a score of
zero into WASL percentages, for students whose parents choose to lawfully opt
them out of the test.

The costly administration of WASL, the adoption of curriculum to support a
test that is state driven and inappropriate to grade-level expectations, and
the funding of such things as teacher training trips to Arizona ($200,000 for
158 teachers) waste our educational resources.

Until the Washington Legislature, the Office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction and Governor Locke can ensure that school funding in Washington
is adequate to assure class size reduction, no student should be held
responsible for "Essential Academic Learning Requirements."

Until the Washington Legislature, the Office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction and Governor Locke can ensure that the basics of teacher,
facility and classroom supply shortages are being adequately addressed, no
child should be held accountable for "Essential Academic Learning
Requirements."

Until the Washington Legislature, the Office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction and Governor Locke can ensure that waste in our education
bureaucracy is at a minimum, no further funds should be expended on WASL
testing or its supporting programs.

Until WASL is certified valid by the Washington Legislature, no student in
our public schools should be subjected to the tests without written and
informed consent of parents or guardians.

The only viable alternative to data collection is human engagement. Mothers
Against WASL will continue in its campaign to educate the public and engage
parents, teachers and other interested individuals in the struggle for
educational justice.