Eye On Olympia

More WASL reprieves in the works?

As the Everett Herald's Jerry Cornfield and Eric Stevick report this morning, some lawmakers are proposing a broader reprieve for the Class of 2008.

So far, Gov. Gregoire and legislative leaders have proposed delaying for three years next year's requirement that students pass the math portion of the 10th-grade Washington Assessment of Student Learning in order to graduate from high school. Passing the reading and writing sections would still be required, however.

But with 13-14 percent of students still not passing the reading or writing sections, some influential lawmakers on education committees, however, are floating a broader reprieve that would include those sections as well. The concern -- that large numbers of seniors will be denied diplomas -- is similar to one voiced yesterday by Rep. Jim Clements, R-Selah.

"We've opened the door," Rep. Dave Quall, D-Mount Vernon said, according to the Herald. "Once you open the door you can't limit the discussion."

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