MacEwen Bill to Delink Standardized Tests Passes House

The state House of Representatives took action Monday to de-link standardized tests from high school graduation requirements. John Sattgast with the Washington House Republicans reports from the state Capitol.

SATTGAST: Republican Representative Drew MacEwen wants to make sure students all the way back to the 2015 graduating class and going forward should not have to pass standardized tests as a condition of graduation.

MacEWEN “These tests were never designed to measure students’ success. They are federal tests that were designed to measure on a broad spectrum across the nation how our teachers and our administrators are doing. And it doesn’t necessarily reflect the curriculum that is being taught to our students. It adds confusion. It’s not necessary. And these tests really do not demonstrate what the true ability of the students are.”

House Bill 1089 would also discontinue the Certificate of Academic Achievement and the Certificate of Individual Achievement.

In 2017, MacEwen introduced legislation that passed the House three times, but was never brought to the floor for a vote in the Senate. This year, the representative from Union is hopeful the measure makes it to the governor’s desk. But first, it’s heading to the Senate.

John Sattgast, Olympia