June 13, 2006

Dear Sophomores (soon to be Juniors) who have been told that you failed one or more WASL sections;

First, don't panic and don't be discouraged. You have options. If you take the WASL again and fail it, there are alternatives to prove you have met standard, like putting together a portfolio. Right now, the state requires that you fail WASL twice before you can choose another assessment.

Please keep working hard in your classes. Failing WASL is not proof of anything. Students can be in honors classes and still fail WASL. In fact, I've heard of this happening this week.

My organization, Parent Empowerment Network/Mothers Against WASL is fighting the graduation requirement and will probably go to court to sue the state within the next year.

If you want to appeal your score, your parents must ask to see the test and then request a review of your test. They can find the form to request to see your test on the www.mothersagainstwasl.org website.

Please let me know if you or your parents need help. I can't say what your parents/guardians will want you to do about going to the summer school your districts are offering, but I do not believe that WASL prep is a good way to spend a summer, especially if you have more important things to do such as a job or a family vacation. This is, of course, an issue between you and your parents. Please let them know that they can contact me too, if they have questions.

Above all, don't let failure on WASL define who you are or where you are going with your education. It is YOUR education. Don't let anyone turn it into WASL! You deserve better, and you and your parents should demand a well-rounded education, including all of the basics plus elective classes, in your public schools!

Take care of yourselves and study hard. You are the future. You can do and be anything you set your minds to, WASL or no WASL.

Sincerely,

Juanita Doyon, Director
Parent Empowerment Network/Mothers Against WASL