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Big Changes Coming to the WASL

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Washington - Starting in the Spring of 2010, the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exams, also known as the WASL, could be replaced and receive a new name. 

Washington's new Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn wants to replace the WASL, with two separate tests.  One test would cover grades 3 to 8, and the second would cover high school students.

The name of the exams will soon be changed to the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program, or WCAP.  Instead of using written exams, they're introducing a computerized testing system.

Dorn wants to start using the new tests by Spring of 2010, and says a computerized testing system will result in faster test results and lower costs. "Innovation, quality and efficiency.  That's what we're looking at and I believe we can do all three with the changes we're making today," said Dorn.

Dorn says this will eliminate the shipping and moving of the heavy pallets of booklets and answer sheets to school districts, saving time, money and a lot of paper. 

His plans still have to be approved by the Legislature and Gov. Chris Gregoire.