YAKIMA, Wash. -- State lawmakers voted to phase out the math portion of the WASL tests. Beginning in 2014 students will instead take individual course assessments.
This has been a subject of debate in classrooms and schools for years now and finally changes are being made.
After poor test scores in math across the board questions were raised that the match section may be too advanced for some students. Some teachers are saying students are being tested on material they have never seen in the classroom.
Ryan Froula is head of the Math Department at Eisenhower High School and he said, "We understand that all kids can learn, but they learn at different paces. With the Math WASL given at the end of Sophomore year they all have to be ready at the same time and that's not always the case for everybody."
Students now will be tested only on material that has been covered in their individual math classes.
Last year only 50 percent of students who took the WASL passed the math section.
Teachers here at Eisenhower High School are hoping that with these changes scores will go up.