Students and teachers testified this week in support of a bill that eliminates high-stakes tests as a graduation requirement. Known as the “delink” legislation, House Bill 1363 is sponsored by Rep. Sam Hunt.
“Instead of helping my students reach their full potential, I spend too much time testing and preparing my students to take tests. This time takes away from class time we could spend learning,” said Maribel Vilchez, a second-grade teacher at Lydia Hawk Elementary School in Lacey.
Vilchez and others testified before the state House Education Committee
Mandating state tests as a graduation requirement also conflicts with the new 24-credit graduation requirement because it puts the focus on passing a single test rather than providing a well-rounded, complete education.
One of WEA’s top goals for the 2015 legislative session is to “Eliminate the high-stakes nature of state standardized tests, including using them as a graduation requirement, and reduce the number of standardized tests where possible.”