Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Today is the fourth thursday of April, which is national
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
The main Microsoft campus is not participating today,
but there's a good reason for this.
Washington State Assessment of Student Learning,
better known as the WASL (pronounced "WAH-s'l"),
is a four-day battery
of standardized tests administered to all elementary school
and high school students starting from grade 3.
download sample tests and answer keys for the reading and mathematics
sections of the test
to see whether you would have passed high school had you gone to school
(Sample questions for other grades are also available,
calibration samples for the writing test.)
The problem is that the WASL is administered... at the end of April.
Elementary schools have some discretion in choosing exactly which days
they administer the test, and if they happen to choose a date that
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,
then children in that school district are unable to participate in the event.
Microsoft employees indicated that they would prefer to
have the event
in the summer
to avoid the schedule conflict.