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ASCD SmartBrief: Washington lawmakers pressured from all sides over state exit exam



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.


ASCD SmartBrief
January 5, 2006
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