Local schools to take new state test online

The new Measurements of Student Progress exam will kick off in May.

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WALLA WALLA - Several local schools will be among the first in the state to take the new academic standards exam online.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced Wednesday that students from 364 schools, representing 181 districts, will take the Measurements of Student Progress exam online this spring.

All state students will be taking the new MSP exam in May, but not all will take it online -- yet. A paper-and-pencil version will be taken by the majority of students, with plans to eventually implement the online test throughout the state.

The MSP is replacing the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, or WASL, for elementary and middle school students. High school students will be taking the newly created High School Proficiency Exam starting in March.

The online MSP is being offered in this initial year for reading and math comprehension in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.

Several local districts will have some or all students taking the online exam between May 3 and June 4. All other students will take the paper-and-pencil version May 12-28.

The local schools are: Meadow Brook Intermediate and Sager Middle School in College Place; Columbia Middle School in Burbank; Dayton Elementary and Dayton Middle School; Pomeroy Elementary and Pomeroy Junior Senior High School; and Pioneer Middle School in Walla Walla.

OSPI is working to add more grades and subjects every year. Results for the MSP, both paper-and-pencil and online tests, will be available in August.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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