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This week may be beginning of end for WASL

SEATTLE, Wash. - High school students across Washington may be sitting down to start saying goodbye to the Washington Assessment of Student Learning this week.

Tenth graders are taking the reading and writing sections of the 10th grade WASL this week and will take the math test in mid-April.

State education officials say this year will be the last time Washington students will take the WASL. They'll be developing a new test to give next school year. Students will still be required to pass a test to graduate from high school in Washington. It will just have a different name and format starting next year.

Younger students will take the WASL sometime in the second half of April.

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Supt. Dorn announces plan to replace the WASL
State Superintendent Randy Dorn unveiled his plans for a new state assessment system beginning in 2010, including the replacement of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning. Superintendent Dorn released details of his plan at a press conference in his offices on Wednesday morning.

The new state assessment system will be called the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP). Dorn has six goals related to state testing:
 
- Shorten the tests
 
- Reduce the amount of time students spend on written responses
 
- Return scores more quickly
 
- Increase the use of technology (statewide computer testing)
 
- Provide more diagnostic information (strengths and weaknesses) to teachers/families
 
- Minimize costs 
 
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