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ASCD SmartBrief: Washington lawmakers pressured from all sides over state exit exam
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Second article is on Washington State. The WASL "has become the biggest
issue we talk about," said Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane.
The issue is coming to a head now because this year's 10th-grade class is
the first required by state law to pass the test to graduate by 2008.
The Washington Parent Teacher Association wants the state to delay using
the WASL as a graduation requirement. And if it's used in the future, the
group says it should be combined with other types of assessments.
"We have the philosophy that no one test should be used in determining
student outcome," said Mary Kenfield, a lobbyist for the Washington PTA.
The Washington Education Association, the teachers union, wants lawmakers
to remove the WASL as the main graduation requirement.
The Washington Roundtable (a business group) wants lawmakers to keep the
WASL as a graduation requirement and allow students to take an alternative
assessment only if they fail the test twice.
January 5, 2006
EYE ON CURRICULUM
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LEARNING AND TEACHING
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* Opinion: Where the boys aren't -- in schools
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* Opinion: Reform debate must be grounded in reality
IN THE FIELD
* Former dropout picked as Naval Academy Rhodes scholar
* Take the ASCD Homepage Poll: What do you think about worldwide
comparisons of student achievement?
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