The new school year at Mill A School started with some very good news, indeed.
Charlene Walker-Rohrbacher, interim superintendent of the small elementary school, has announced that 100 percent of the fourth grade class passed the reading portion of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) test.
Throughout Washington State, an average of 79 percent of fourth graders passed the reading section.
"These students also did well on the math and writing tests, scoring 80 percent in both areas," she noted. "The average in the state for math was 61 percent, and writing was 58 percent. Our fourth graders really excelled."
She went on to praise the teaching staff and parents for their hard work and support.
Mill A School serves students from Mill A, Willard, Cook, and other small communities in eastern Skamania County.
At a recent meeting of Educational Service District 112's Regional Superintendents, Jon Nelson, associate superintendent of Instructional Services and Technology, presented an overview of WASL test results.
Rita Hale, Title I School improvement coordinator, observed that Mill A, with fewer than 80 students, was the only fourth grade class within ESD 112's service area to achieve such strong scores. Thirty-two school districts, including large ones such as Evergreen and Battleground, make up ESD 112's service area.