Scheduling changes are planned next week at area schools as a result of Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) testing.
Administered each year to high school sophomores and students in grades three through eight, the WASL measures student knowledge in the core academic areas of reading, writing, science and mathematics.
WASL testing at Sunnyside High School is set for March 13-16 from 7:50 to 9:50 a.m.
To accommodate the testing schedule, Sunnyside freshmen will report to school at the regular time for registration and Link Crew activities. Juniors and seniors will have a late start during that time frame, beginning classes at 9:55 a.m.
Sunnyside High School will have additional WASL testing April 18-21, with the same schedule in place.
Harrison Middle School will have WASL testing for seventh and eighth grade students April 18-20 and 25-27. Testing will be conducted from 8:30 to 11:20 a.m. each morning.
Chief Kamiakin students, fifth and sixth graders, are encouraged to be on time during the school's WASL testing dates during April 17-20 and 24-27. That's because testing will start when the school day begins at 7:55 a.m.
Fourth grade students in the Sunnyside School District will take the WASL at 9 a.m. during a two-week time frame beginning April 17. Third graders' two weeks of WASL exams will begin April 18, also at 9 a.m.
Grandview High School will administer the WASL exam to its sophomores March 13-16 and April 18-21 from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. each day. Freshman students will take practice WASL tests during that same time frame.
Grandview Middle School students will take the WASL exam sometime during the period of April 17 to May 5. The same is true for third, fourth and fifth graders at Grandview's McClure Elementary School.
WASL testing at Mabton Junior Senior High School will occur during March 13-16 and 18-21 for grades nine through 12. Mabton will begin WASL testing at 8:15 a.m. each day, with classes starting at 10:25 a.m.
Mabton seventh and eighth grade students will also likely take the WASL exams during the same dates and times as the district's high school students.
Mabton third through fifth graders will take the WASL sometime during April 17 to May 5.
In preparation for WASL testing, parents are encouraged to help their children get enough sleep and eat a good breakfast.
"Student participation in these tests is very important," said Grandview High School Principal Arcella Hall. She noted that accurate test results are needed to "better prepare all our students to do well in this high stakes test."