I love it when a politician immediately does what they said they will do. In this case, new Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is wasting no time doing away with the much-despised Washington Assessment of Student Learning. (Say it out loud–WASL. Now you hate it too.)
From The Seattle Times:
No changes can be made to the WASL for this school year due to time constraints, Dorn said, but beginning in spring 2010, he plans to replace the WASL with two tests. In grades 3-8, students would take the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP). In high school, they would take something called the High School Proficiency Exams.
One way he plans to cut costs is to offer the tests via computer, rather than just on paper and pencil.
Niki Sullivan over at the TVW blog notices something interesting in the official SPI Question and Answer document, and provides a link to the PDF document using some kind of fancy mouse-over deal. The something interesting is that Dorn is claiming he can change the testing system under existing law and the Legislature can request input.
There’s a lot of detail to wade through, of course, and Sullivan slyly notes she is checking into how much requesting Legislators might imagine can be done…