Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Students in the Stevenson-Carson School District met, and in the area of reading, surpassed, the state standards and averages on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) tests.
The test scores, from the tests that were administered last spring to fourth, seventh and tenth grades in Math, Reading and Writing, were released by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction today in a press conference and via the web (www.k12.wa.us).
The results from the tenth grade tests had a preliminary release to students in the class of 2008 earlier this year. This will be the first class where students are required to pass all three WASL tests to graduate. The scores were released in June to allow students who did not pass one or more tests the opportunity to take summer school classes.
This is also the first year results are being released for the tests of third, fifth, sixth and eighth graders in reading and math. Next year, test results from these grades will be reported and factored into the district's results for compliance under the federal No Child Left Behind Act's annual yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks.
In addition, scores were also released for fifth and eighth grade science. Students in the class of 2010 will also have to pass the science test for graduation.
More than 90 percent of Stevenson-Carson fourth graders passed the reading WASL, a fifteen point increase over 2005 results and ten points higher than the 2006 state average.
Nearly 80 percent of seventh graders met the 2006 standard, 19 percentage points above the state average.
Almost 90 percent of tenth graders also passed the reading test that is five percent above state average.
More students also passed the math WASL and surpassed state benchmarks -- a test with traditionally lower passage rates statewide. District officials attribute this rise to a new math curriculum implemented two years ago as well as an increased emphasis on math in all grades.
"We are pleased with our results. Our reading results in all grades surpassed the state requirements and standards by a wide margin. This reflects our staff's on-going emphasis on reading and literacy in our schools and the increased work in math," said Stevenson High School principal and the District Assessment Coordinator Brian Howe.
"There is an increased emphasis in math and science, in addition to reading, not only in our schools, but from employers in the United States. We are providing a foundation that allows our students to do well on the WASL tests, as well as succeed in their future career endeavors," said Superintendent Jim Saltness.
A full listing of the WASL scores for all grades and all subjects is available as a link on the Stevenson-Carson School District web site -- www.scsd.k12.wa.us -- or by logging on to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's web site (www.k12.wa.us).
Parents will receive individual WASL test results later this fall during student conference times, or in the mail.