Pasco, Kennewick School District administrators address new testing policies
PASCO, Wash. -- The Washington Assessment of Student Learning will soon be history as the last batch of students take the exam this week.
On Wednesday, administrators from the Pasco and Kennewick School Districts addressed the new testing policies which will be effective in 2010. Here's what you need to know:
There's no more WASL; the tests have new names. Students in grades 3-8 will take the "Measure of Student Progress". Students in grades 10-12 will take the High School Proficiency Exams.
Also, the testing sessions will be shorter and middle school students will have the opportunity to take the reading and math portions online. Starting in 2011, all students can take the reading and math on a computer.
Although many have called the WASL a costly mistake, administrators say it did a good job showing the progress of students.
"There's parts of it that are really good", said Bev Henderson, Coordinator of Staff Development and Assessment for the Kennewick School District. "I do think it measures students' ability to think, to process and extend information. I'm not sure the new one is going to give as much information".
Henderson said sample copies of the new exams will be available to parents in the fall.