District leaders need to stand against the WASL travesty
September 19, 2005 The Daily World
As the organizer of
Mothers Against WASL, I was impressed with Superintendent Marty Kay's ultimate
response to the WASL travesty that took place in the Aberdeen community last
spring, when a fourth grade student was suspended for not being able to answer
a WASL problem. A full investigation took place and a full apology was made by
Mr. Kay to the student.
Unfortunately, the recent comments of Mr. Kay, which seemingly accept the WASL as a good, "clear" standard, do not display the same level of concern for students and families of
The WASL is not just a test. It is an entire educational philosophy that is driving poor curriculum and educational procedures statewide. Our children are being denied a well-rounded education because we are pushing, always pushing, to pass the almighty WASL.
It's time for the Marty Kays of the world to stop waffling and take a stand alongside the Jim Fetts and the Mothers Against WASL, publicly calling for the WASL's demise!
Juanita Doyon, Director
Parent Empowerment Network