If you read this blog regularly, you know I am not a fan of the WASL (the Washington Assessment of Student Learning). The results from the latest testing go-around in the spring were released today, and they show limited gains over last year.
The Richland school district, which until recently was headed by the estimable Richard Semler (whom I adored and would have voted for in the run-off for state superintendent of schools), showed some very high marks. Kennewick also did well. Pasco had lower marks, but showed significant improvement.
Writing and science results improved, but elementary and middle school reading and math scores appeared stuck, said state Superintendent Terry Bergeson.
So, writing and science scores show some gains over last year. The two topics seem unrelated, but I have to wonder if there was a spike in pint-sized science bloggers this year? 🙂