Longitudinal Effects of the Washington State Assessment of Student Learning

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Is There Any Longitudinal Effect of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) on Student Achievement? That’s the question asked in a recent study by Dr. Donald Orlich of the Science Mathematics Engineering Education Center at Washington State University.

Dr. Orlich states:

An accountability conundrum has emerged due to the passage of the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” in January 2002. States are now forced by federal law to show student adequate yearly progress targets, which will be met through high-stakes testing.

But the study conducted by Dr. Orlich calls to question the effectiveness and cost of the WASL in increasing the achievement of students in Washington. Read an on-line version of the study here

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