From the OSPI WASL FAQ:
- How do students who are English Language Learners (ELL) participate in the WASL tests? All students who are ELL must participate in all WASL tests scheduled for their grades regardless of the number of years they have been in the U.S. The only exception is students who are in their first year of enrollment in U.S. schools. These students are not required to participate in reading or writing tests, but they must take the math exam [emphasis added]. In addition to participating in WASL, ELL students must take annually the Washington Language Proficiency Test - II (WLPT-II) in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
This is problematic since the math exam requires a lot of reading and writing- BAB.
From the Mothers Against WASL FAQ:
- How do I request that my child be excused from participating in WASL? To opt your child out of WASL, simply write a letter to your district superintendent and your child’s principal or fill out the form below and turn it in to your child’s principal and district superintendent. A follow-up call to your child’s school is a good idea, also.
From an April 11th KOMO-TV news story:
- Lawmakers have already voted to delay the math requirement from 2008 through 2012, provided the affected students take additional math courses. And the requirement to pass the science WASL in order to graduate would be delayed from the class of 2010 to the class of 2013. A letter signed by 35 district superintendents was sent earlier this week to encourage lawmakers to support an amendment that would delay the reading and writing requirement to the class of 2010...It's a huge issue of equity," Soria said. "I don't know that we have successfully been able to convince the legislators the huge factor that poverty plays in how students perform."
- WASL (Wikopedia)
- WASL (OSPI)
- Sample WASL test questions (OSPI)
- Math WASL questions (Port Angeles School District)
Some companies are, of course, making money on selling WASL prep materials, both print and online. One company, however, is providing it for free: Digital Learning Commons.
And for the kids' perspective on the WASL see: Kent School District 5th graders' video tips for taking the WASL.