Educators Support Dorn’s Math and Science Proposals
OLYMPIA — February 1, 2011 — Last week, teachers, principals and superintendents testified in front of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee in favor of State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s proposed legislation on the math and science assessment graduation requirements.
Today at 1:30 p.m., the House Education Committee will hear testimony on the companion bills that Dorn said will help bring fairness to students as the state transitions to end-of-course exams in both subjects. The hearing can be viewed live on TVW or online at tvw.org.
“It’s gratifying to see so many in the education community now supporting my legislation,” Dorn said. “Those who deal with these requirements every day understand what is fair for students and what is not. We all support high standards, but we must be fair when we ask students to achieve those standards.”
House Bill 1412 requests that the state Legislature amend the current math assessment graduation requirement by allowing students in the classes of 2013 and 2014 to pass one end-of-course (EOC) math exam instead of two. That will allow the assessment system to be better aligned in the transition from the High School Proficiency Exam (a single, comprehensive math exam) to two end-of-course exams (algebra 1 and geometry).
Last week, Gov. Chris Gregoire, in her proposed legislation, Senate Bill 5093, supported Dorn’s math proposal through the class of 2013.
In addition to individual teachers and principals, among those testifying in favor of changing the math requirement last week were: Washington State Parent Teachers Association (PTA), State Board of Education, Association of Washington Secondary Principals (AWSP), Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA), Washington Education Association (WEA) and Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA).
House Bill 1410 asks the Legislature to postpone the science assessment graduation requirement until the class of 2017. In spring 2012, the state will transition from the science High School Proficiency Exam to an end-of-course exam in biology. The biology exam begins when students in the class of 2013 are 11th graders and are one to two years removed from having taken biology.
In addition, Dorn’s proposed legislation requests that end-of-course exams in physical science and integrated science be implemented in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Students would need to pass only one science EOC to meet the graduation requirement.
In addition to individual teachers and principals, among those supporting Dorn’s science proposal last week were: Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Association of Washington Secondary Principals (AWSP) and Washington Education Association (WEA).
“We have so much transition with our assessment system, we just need to make sure it’s aligned and fair for students,” Dorn said. “I strongly believe in holding students and our school system accountable. Let’s just keep the playing field level for everyone.”
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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