As more than a third of the class of 2008 gets closer to not graduating from high school for flunking the math section of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, politicians must decide whether to delay the requirement or face angry mobs of parents.The political decision to deal with the results by dropping the requirement is completely understandable considering Gregoire's attachment to the teachers unions but does nothing to resolve the question of the basic competence of current and past HS graduates. Based upon a comparison with the scores achieved in Texas, Boeing's HR department should be advertising down there rather than in Washington. The money spent in remedial education for a Washington "graduate" would probably more than cover moving expenses.
Here is a sample test for Washington and here is the actual 2005 Texas test, (math begins on page 38), that 88% of Texas 11th graders passed. Of course, Texas is a right to work state so the teacher's unions haven't been able to damage education in Texas the way they have in Washington.
I wonder if Gregoire will use "Vote Dem and Stay Dumb" as her campaign slogan in '08?