From The Seattle Times:
Randy Dorn, the new chief of Washington state schools, announced today that he plans to get rid of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning starting in 2010.
The announcement, made a week after Dorn took office, centers on a promise he made on the campaign trail to replace the WASL with a shorter, fairer, less-expensive exam.
No changes can be made to the WASL for this school year due to time constraints, Dorn said, but beginning in spring 2010, he plans to replace the WASL with two tests. In grades 3-8, students would take the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP). In high school, they would take something called the High School Proficiency Exams.