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August WASL Results Lower than Expected

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OLYMPIA, Wash.- Results for August's Washington Assessment of Student Learning retakes are in, and the results are startling.

In March, only 56% of the state's tenth graders passed the test, and that number didn't grow by much after the retakes.

Now, only about 60% have passed.

The math section is hindering students the most.  Only 20% of the students who retook the math section passed this time around, and now, educators are rethinking their strategies.

"The solution's going to lie in instructional practices. We're going to have to change how we deliver instruction to get different results, cause if we keep doing it the way we've always done it we're going to keep getting these similar results," said Ron Williamson, Principal at Southridge High School. 

Even as many students and educators protest the test, Governor Christine Gregoire and the state's education head said they will not be changing any of the guidelines.