Thursday, May 10, 2007

Washington and NCLB

Recently, the state of Washington has decided to delay requiring science and math for exit exams from high schools. They delayed the decision for 5 years in order to study the effects of exit exams and/or end-of-course examinations for high school students before they required it. Also, the governor removed part of the bill that would have set up regional appeals boards for students who fail the WASL and sections that exempted some English-language learners from taking the exams. Is this indicating that students cannot retake exams that they have previously failed? Also, it is not fair that English language learners cannot be exempt from taking some of the sections of the exams. The governor also indicated that high failure rates show that the system, not the students, is the problem. This is unfortunate for meeting the demands of NCLB Act.

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