Donald C Orlich on the WASL and Assessments

Dr. Donald C Orlich was an Adjunct Professor, is now a Professor Emeritus in the Science Mathematics Engineering Education Center at Washington State University.  He is co-author of Teaching Strategies: A Guide to Better Instruction, 6th edition, 2001, Boston: Houghton Mifflin; and Designing Successful Grant Proposals, 1996, Arlington, VA: ASCD, among 18 other books.

His public education career spans 45 years.  Orlich is the past-president of the Washington Science Teachers Association and the Washington Educational Research Association.  Honors bestowed Dr Orlich include:  American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education "Special Recognition Award" (1967) and their "Distinguished Achievement Award" (1973).  The Washington State Association for the Supervision of Curriculum Development honored Orlich with "Special Recognition as an Outstanding Educator in the State of Washington" award in March 1979.  In 1983, the University of Montana recognized him as a "Distinguished Alumnus."

Dr Orlich has become an outspoken critic of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning: the WASL.

A letter to the legislature concerning the WASL (January 15, 2001)

Is There Any Longitudinal Effect of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) on Student Achievement? (September 6, 2002)

Big Trouble for High-Stakes Tests (September 17, 2002)

Statewide anxiety about WASL (Seattle PI, April 24, 2000)

State's Students go WASLing (Seattle PI, April 22, 2002)