Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The WASL and the IOWA tests ITBS
Click on either chart above to enlarge it.
The WASL improvement at either grade 10 or grade 7 is not reflected in any corresponding improvement in IOWA scores .
Grade 6 ITBS and Grade 7 WASL appear in the top chart.
Grade 9 ITED and Grade 10 WASL appear in the bottom chart.
Dino Rossi said:
We have a plan to make several meaningful education reorms, including replacing the WASL with Aamerica's best standardized test and require (sic) students to meet fair and rigorous standards to graduate. The incumbent still supports the failed WASL test with no math and science requirement.
The Gov said:
Record investments have been made in K-12 education, preparing students for the global economy. These investments have paid off, as more than 90 percent of high school seniors recently passed the WASL.
No wonder we are in the mess we are in ..... Leadership in Education and in Energy in this nation is non-existent.
From the News Tribune:
For Rossi, the WASL is a neat wedge issue because the Washington Education Association, the state's largest teacher union and a reliable supporter of Democrats, detests the WASL. The WEA is out to defeat the re-election bid of state schools chief Terry Bergeson, the prime architect of the test.
The WEA isn't backing off its support for Gregoire, however. The group invited her to speak to its recent annual meeting in Spokane. Bergeson wasn't invited.
For the record, Rossi is correct that the current WASL does not include math or science components, which lawmakers delayed for a few years. The 90 percent pass rate Gregoire cited would certainly have been lower had that not been the case.