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WASL scores hold steady, with some improvements

Associated Press - August 14, 2009 1:35 PM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - Results from last spring's statewide tests show Washington students are holding steady in their understanding of reading, writing and math.

Washington education officials shared the 2009 Washington Assessment of Student Learning results on Friday. Reading, writing, math and science tests were given to students. Different tests are given in different years. Among students in grades three through eight and high school, scores went up in seven subject areas, went down in another seven and didn't change in six.

The WASL test in Washington is used to demonstrate whether state schools and school districts are meeting the federal government's education accountability system. More than a thousand schools and 209 school districts did not meet the standard this year because they missed at least one benchmark.

Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn says the federal adequate yearly progress system is not fair and needs to be changed.

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