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WASL week hits North Kitsap High School Monday

POULSBO — Monday will be a big day for North Kitsap High School sophomores.

North’s Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) testing starts Monday as students will take two of the exam’s four sections, said Dixie Husser, North Kitsap School District assistant director of teaching and learning.

Beginning with this year’s sophomore class, students will be required to meet WASL standards in all four sections in order to graduate.

The state exam is broken into reading, writing, math and science sections. Questions will be presented through multiple choice, short answer and extended answer formats.

Students are encouraged to be prepared to explain their thought processes in writing, said Husser, who is one of the district’s many WASL coordinators.

Each subject matter is graded separately on a scale of one to four — three is considered proficient (meeting the standard). Students who score a four on their first attempt at the test will ink special recognition on their transcripts — “WASL Scholar.”

Students must be present for every section of the test. If they miss any part of the eight-day WASL exam, their score — for whichever section missed — will be discounted.

North Kitsap High School will be administering the reading and writing sections of the test on the mornings of March 13, 14, 15 and 16. The math and science sections will be held April 18, 19, 20, 21.

All NKHS sophomores will be tested for the first time with the weight of graduation, while other NK upperclassmen will test in attempt for a higher score on their transcripts, Husser said. She added some of the district’s freshman will be taking the test for the first time.

Students who score lower than three or miss any part of any section will have four more chances to make the mark before their graduation year. But the test will not be offered again this year until August, Husser noted.

Scores from March’s tests should be posted by the beginning of June and the district tentatively plans to have them in the hands of parents by June 10.

NKSD elementary and junior high schools are on different schedules and will be tested April 17 through May 5.

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