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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 11, 2009 at 4:31 PM

WASL replacement

Good riddance to WASL, welcome to promising new test

In response to the article “Wash. Ed officials to offer new info about tests” [seattletimes.com, Education, June 10] — it is about time there is finally an alternative being proposed to replace the WASL. With so many students struggling and many failing to pass the WASL in the past years, new tests to replace the WASL are a welcomed change and hopefully an improvement to the state’s standardized testing system.

Surely anything could be better than the WASL. The WASL has been a huge struggle for many students over the years, and it also takes up a ridiculous amount of class time. But with the promise that these new tests are supposedly going to be shorter, less time-consuming and also gradually evolve into online testing on computers makes this new replacement to the WASL sound all the more promising. Or at least as promising as standardized tests can get.

Admittedly, it would be really nice if say hypothetically we could just do away with standardized assessments and exams completely, but hopefully these new assessments replacing the ever-dreaded WASL in the upcoming year or so will be a considerable and notable improvement to the statewide standardized testing system.

— Rosanna Monson, Lake Stevens

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