Is the State Test Needed?

Washington State’s mandatory test, which needs to be passed to receive a diploma, is called the WASL. Recent articles have noted the recent announcement that 91% of the students passed—if you do not count the students who dropped out.

By my figuring, this means about 68% of the original class of 2008 passed the state test. The education gurus generally list Washington’s graduation rate as 71%, which seems to imply that the $113 million we pay annually for the WASL is really just confirming what we already know about the kids we already know have problems.

What do we do instead?

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