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New exams serve all students

Once called the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL), now called the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE), these Washington tests are something no student looks forward to. Or do they?

Filled with a passion to go to an elite college, some students look at these Washington state tests as a way to make themselves known. I know, being an above-average student, I slightly look forward to these tests, tests that could make my future sweeter if I do well. Still, though, a survey found that three out of five freshman students at Mead High School didn’t like the Washington tests.

Even for below-average students, though, Washington state tests provide a basis for them to see where they could improve and should become stronger.

This is the main reason why I think we need these tests. I think if a student truly tries to improve, they could drastically improve their test scores. Plus, with all of the preparation and help our teachers give us, I think if kids paid attention they would be able to pass subjects in the HSPE. Over all, I think the HSPE is a necessary test, and one anyone can pass if they truly try.

Connor Tsuchida