Dorn's Statement of Support on House Bill 2214
OLYMPIA — July 2, 2015 — One of the sticking points to ending the 2015 third special session is high school assessment reform. I partnered with legislative education leaders to achieve three major goals this session:
- Streamlining and simplifying our high school assessments: We are spending too much money and too much classroom time on multiple tests in the same subject;
- Ensuring that we don’t deny students a high school diploma because of a narrow science test that all parties have already agreed to make more comprehensive in the coming years; and
- Ensuring that students will take rigorous coursework their senior year so that:
- We honor the purpose of the new 24-credit diploma;
- We graduate kids career and college ready; and
- We ensure that students have a course-based opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in key areas when they struggle on a standardized test.
Relying on tests, retests and the very expensive Collection of Evidence process is not in the best interest of our students, taxpayers, or our economy. We need high standards, but we also need high school graduates. Too many students will be denied economic opportunity when they are denied a diploma, despite have incredible talents and skills to offer our communities and our economy.
I remain committed to these three goals and I support House Bill 2214 in its current form because I believe it addresses these three goals. My office is prepared to work with legislators to reach a compromise on this bill or any legislation that achieves these objectives and helps to bring resolution to the 2015 third special session.
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