In a message dated 2/3/2006 3:26:43 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, writes:

There is no “opt out” provision.  If students do not take the WASL in Grade 10 for any reason they may take the WASL at any future administration.  Refusals only reduce the number of opportunities available.


Paul Wm. Dugger, Ed.D.

State Testing Coordinator

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Old Capitol Building

P.O. Box 47200

Olympia, WA 98504-7200

Phone: (360) 725-6446

Fax: (360) 586-2728



From: []
Friday, February 03, 2006 12:54 PM
To: Paul Dugger
Subject: WASL Testing Question


Mr. Dugger,


I am a mother of a current 10th grader who I have decided to opt out of WASL testing. For the last year I have been under the impression that if you decided to opt your child out of the WASL in the 10th grade, and if WASL is not eliminated as a graduation requirement for the class of 2008 and beyond that the child will still have four opportunities to take the WASL after their 10th grade year.


Recently there has been some talk in my area that this is not true and that if you opt your child out of the WASL in the 10th grade they will not be allowed the opportunity to take the WASL in later years.


I have been on the OSPI website and it states conflicting information on this issue.


I would appreciate you getting back to me right away with the official stand that OSPI takes on this issue along with any and all documentation on this issue as the testing times are fast approaching.



Lisa Sampson