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[Susan notes:

Short and sweet, this letter packs a punch.]

Submitted to but not published
12/01/2002

To the editor



THE 5 PERCENT PROBLEM



The Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) just announced that the Stanford Research Institute found major problems in the 10th grade mathematics portion of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL). This is no surprise as Dr. Arthur Hu of Kirkland, Washington pointed that out to the OSPI two years ago and has been totally ignored.





The state of Washington is two billion dollars in the hole. Wake up citizens, the WASL accounts for five percent of that shortfall. We have spent over $100,000,000 on a WASL that is invalid and unreliable. (Yes, Virginia, the commas are in the right place!)





How much more do we need to waste to locate poor children and those belonging to a minority group, as that is all the WASL does. The WASL has absolutely no educational value.



Donald C. Orlich


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