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Local Leaders Discuss WASL Options in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The debate over the future of the WASL continued Thursday as local leaders, parents, and members of the Parent Teacher Association met to talk it over.

Most people at Thursday's meeting were in agreement, the best way to test students is not with the WASL. Thursday, Representatives Larry Haler and Shirley Hankins, along with Senator Jerome Delvin were at Jefferson Elementary School in Richland to here people's concerns.

Concerns ranged from how students are not learning the basics in math to how the WASL is not an adequate assessment of a student's academic achievement.

Representative Haler says the WASL has taken a lot of the passion students had for learning.

He says, "We have 3rd and fourth graders who are already feeling like failures in their lives. They hate school and they want to get out, so where's the love of learning? It's not coming from the Dance WASL or the Arts WASL."

PTA leaders say right now State Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson is working with another company to develop new standards for the test.

But, PTA leaders say the test needs to be completely restructured. They hope state legislators make changing the WASL a big priority in the upcoming legislative session.