After reading this article, http://www.komotv.com/news/story.asp?ID=38876 I just can't believe how damn rediculous this whole thing is.
Let's take a look at what the WASL is all about. Taken from http://www.sbe.wa.gov/faq_pages/WASL.htm
Q: What is the Washington Assessment of Student Learning?
A: The Washington Assessment of Student Learning(WASL) is a means of measuring student achievement of the state's rigorous new academic standards in reading, writing, mathematics, and other core subjects. The WASL is administered at the elementary, middle and high school levels. It is designed to help teachers refine instructional strategies, increase student achievement and provide data on the performance of schools and districts over time.
Get that? It's a measurement for comparing SCHOOLS and evaulating teaching methods. It was never meant to rank individual students. I remember taking the WASL's back when they were first introduced, and now to see that they plan on making their craked out test a graduation requirement is just nuts.
"I think it's going make employers look at the Class of 2008 and beyond as more qualified"
Trust me, if you've just graduated highschool and are looking for a job where they would actually give a second glance at your WASL scores, then you my friend are already overqualified.
So like nick mentioned, we got our new servers today. I took a bunch of pictures of this joyous occasion. Here's the highlights.
Can't remember if anybody has already posted the specs, but here they are again:
- 2.8GHz/1MB Cache, Xeon 800MHz FSB
- 1GB DDR2 400MHz (2X512MB) Single Ranked DIMMs
- 80GB 7.2K RPM SATA HDD
- 24X, Internal, SAMSUNG CD
I'm really looking forward to getting these up and running, particularly the redundant hall server. Those two boxes will also be getting bumped up to 2GB of memory and have a secondary hard drive installed. (WD Raptor)