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The WASL Test Results

Good morning, Netizens…


What follows is only a portion of the total WASL Test results, in this case for Grade 10. If you wish to read the entire result tests go to http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?year=2008-09 and examine the various grade levels. To be utterly honest, I had no idea the math results were as deplorable as they are. According to the results posted on the web page, 63.5% of the students in tenth grades taking the WASL math test did not meet standards.


This leaves us a serious set of realities, because our children, I believe, are our futures. In our complex and terribly technologically-driven world, if children cannot perform math at a satisfactory level, I believe they are doomed to eking out lives in substandard, menial jobs.


What is perhaps even worse is that over 20% of the students taking the test performed at a substandard level in the reading tests.


So, here for your contemplation and consideration as parents, grandparents and others who care about our children’s futures, are the results for the 10th Grade.


If this is, as the Spokesman-Review suggested this morning, is a plateau, it has a lot of rocks on the road.




WASL Test Results: GRADE 10



Reading - Grade 10


Number

Percent


Meeting Standard including PP‡

63,605

80.9%


Meeting Standard

44,548

74.8%


Level 4 (exceeds standard)

24,402

41.0%


Level 3 (met standard)

19,266

32.3%


Basic (met standard)

880

1.5%


Not Meeting Standard

15,021

25.2%


Level 2 (below standard)

6,980

11.7%


Level 1 (well below standard)

3,579

6.0%


No Score

4,462

7.5%


Unexcused Absence, Refusal

1,434

2.4%


Other*

3,028

5.1%


Total



Math - Grade 10


Number

Percent


Meeting Standard including PP‡

35,350

45.2%


Meeting Standard

24,658

36.5%


Level 4 (exceeds standard)

7,641

11.3%


Level 3 (met standard)

16,880

25.0%


Basic (met standard)

137

0.2%


Not Meeting Standard

42,856

63.5%


Level 2 (below standard)

14,865

22.0%


Level 1 (well below standard)

21,722

32.2%


No Score

6,269

9.3%


Unexcused Absence, Refusal

2,265

3.4%


Other*

4,004

5.9%

Writing - Grade 10


Number

Percent


Meeting Standard including PP‡

67,712

86.3%


Meeting Standard

47,103

81.4%


Level 4 (exceeds standard)

25,830

44.6%


Level 3 (met standard)

20,288

35.0%


Basic (met standard)

982

1.7%


Not Meeting Standard

10,788

18.6%


Level 2 (below standard)

4,010

6.9%


Level 1 (well below standard)

1,936

3.3%


No Score

4,845

8.4%


Unexcused Absence, Refusal

1,566

2.7%


Other*

3,279

5.7%

Dave


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