According to a new study, the math Washington Assessment of Student Learning test is one of the hardest to pass in the country.
The National Center for Educational Statistics released a report Thursday comparing the rigor of state tests used to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act. Since all the tests are different, NCES compares the tests to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (a test given across the country to some students) to determine the equivalent NAEP score that would be needed to pass the state test.
According to the new study,Washington 4th grade students would need a WASL score equivalent to a NAEP score of 240 to pass the test, and 8th grade students would need 286. But to pass the NAEP, 4th graders need a score of 214 and 8th graders need 262.
These benchmarks make the WASL the 4th most rigorous 4th grade test and 5th most rigorous 8th grade test in the country.
For the reading WASL, the state falls into 10th place for 8th graders, with a required score of 253. NAEP requires 243 to pass the test.
The only benchmark falling below the NAEP standard is the 4th grade reading test. According to the study, students are required to earn a WASL rating that is equivalent to a NAEP score of 203, but to pass the NAEP students would need a score of 208.
For more detailed information, check out an Associated Press story here.