I am not an expert; I'm simply a mom. Then again, perhaps that makes me an expert of sorts. You see, my intelligent and articulate son, who has been reading at the college level for years failed the reading portion of his 10th grade WASL. He also failed the math section, yet did well in his high school math classes.
He graduated this past June, yet according to Dr. Bergeson's measure, he did not truly earn his diploma. His situation is not unique. There are many students who have mastered the required curriculum, perhaps even exceeding the requirements, yet who perform poorly on the WASL.
Starting with the graduating class of 2008, these bright and capable students will be denied the diploma they have truly earned and refused the right to graduate with their peers. Perhaps it takes a mom to see how wrong that is.