Get Educated About WASL
In reference to Mr. Van Cleave's letter of March 8th. I would like to remind him that life is not a pen and paper test.
Those of us protesting the WASL are not protesting high standards. We are protesting a test that is developmentally inappropriate at most grade levels and excessively expensive that only serves the needs of the minority not the majority.
We are protesting a particular test that costs $72 per student to administer vs the Iowa Test of Basic Skills which costs only $2.99 per student to administer.
We are protesting a test and the curriculum that surrounds(EALR's) it that has received failing scores from national organizations.
We are protesting a test that leaves the Majority of our youth labeled failures based on WASL pass rates are much lower for low income, minority and special needs students. This alone poses a great risk for these students, as WASL becomes a graduation requirement.
We strongly urge Mr. Van Cleave to educate himself as to the specifics of our battle.
Mothers Against WASL