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**WASL: Wasteful legacy**

Published

I administered WASL exams April 18-21, and a few
questions occurred

to me.

1) How much money does it cost to develop WASLs for
fourth-, seventh-

, and 10th-graders?

2) How much money does it cost to print 90-page booklets for

administrators and three different 60-page booklets for every student

in every high school in

and student booklets sent to every middle and elementary school in

the state?

3) How much money does it cost to hire a company to grade WASLs
from

every elementary, middle and high school in the state?

4) How much money will be spent on summer school for WASL-deficient

students?

5) How much money will be spent forcing 11th- and 12th-graders to

retake WASLs, up to five times?

I feel like I'm watching the parade in The Emperor's New Clothes,

wondering if anyone's noticing these things. Everyone's doing what

they're told to do, but how many think there's something wrong with

what we're doing?

As taxpayers, would you rather have hundreds of new school buildings

and smaller class sizes in 10 years, or an enormous burn pile of used

test booklets?

ROB WOODFORD, English teacher,