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Barville: Opting out of SBAC testing

Columnist Jill Barville writes about opting her 11th-grader out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test. The test is designed to measure student readiness for college/career readiness. Her kids is already enrolled at EWU through the Running Start program. Barville contends time spent testing would be better spent learning, Agree or disagree?

Baumgartner and Marr: Standardized tests

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on whether high school students should have to pass a standardized test to earn a diploma.

31 states combine to create new academic tests

A group of 31 states has banded together to compete for a federal grant to create a series of new national academic tests to replace the current patchwork system.

Statewide testing still in limbo

SEATTLE – State schools Superintendent Randy Dorn wants another delay in the math and science requirements for high school graduation. The state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is revamping statewide testing to create a replacement for the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, and the new high school tests won’t be used statewide until 2012.

WASL’s days numbered

Washington schoolchildren may have to find something new to hate. A week after taking office, the state’s newly elected top educator is making good on a campaign promise, saying he’ll replace the WASL. And while skeptics say the pace is impossible, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says he’ll make the change in time for next school year.