The Seattle Times Education section covers schools at the district, state and federal level. Topics include the University of Washington and other colleges; the Common Core and standardized testing; teacher pay and strikes; charter schools; school discipline; classroom teaching methods; and funding under the McCleary decision. Coverage also includes the Education Lab project.

Keep statewide exams as graduation requirement

High-school sophomores around the state including Michayla Greenleaf from Mountlake Terrace High School are about to take the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL), the test that for the first time is a graduation requirement.

Graduation tests serve a purpose. Don’t give up on them.

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