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Published in Seattle Post-Intelligencer

To the editor

Two weeks of WASL, time without learning

I have just finished proctoring another week of WASL in high school.

I have some questions for the parents of these students:

Did you know that the two weeks of testing add up to two weeks that are lost to instruction and learning for every student, every single year that they are in high school?

Did you know that the emphasis in testing has resulted in time lost to teaching and learning of the fine arts and the enrichment activities that make learning fun and relevant?

Finally, when and how did testing take on more importance than learning?

Faye C. Haas

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