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End of the course for the math WASL

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on March 30, 2008 at 6:58 am with No Comments »
March 30, 2008 6:58 am

A legislative uprising against the state’s math 10th grade WASL requirement finally drove a stake through the test’s heart last week, when the governor signed a bill to replace it with end-of-course exams. See today’s editorial.

Problem solved? No way.

Anyone who thinks the WASL vs. EOC choice is an obvious one should check out this January report to the state Board of Education. (Click on “full report” under End of Course Assessment Final Report.)

In the comparison on page 3, EOCs come out well ahead in several categories – such as “assessing students near the point of curriculum delivery.” Otherwise, it’s mostly a wash. Most of the people who don’t like the WASL now probably won’t like the EOC, either.

One virtue of the bill the governor signed is that it lets lawmakers tell WASL-haters they’ve done something about that mean, nasty, anti-kid test. Note its popularity in the Legislature: It cleared the Senate 35-12 and the House 91-1.

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