In this section of the Community Report, you will find data from two types of assessments our students take annually:
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on December 10, 2015. It is the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA will be fully operational in school year 2017-18.
For the 2015-2016 school year, the required assessments included English Language Arts (ELA) and math for all students in grades 3-8 and 11. These test are designed to measure progress and ensure students are learning at appropriate rates. Washington lawmakers also decided to test in science in grades 5, 8, and 10.
Additionally, assessments for graduation in 2015-2106 include End of Course (EOC) assessments that students took at the end of their algebra, geometry, and biology classes, no matter their grade level.
The state assessments were administered statewide in the spring. Their scores were given in percentages of students who have met or not met standard in the particular content area. A complete look at our state assessment data and trends-broken down at the district and school level-are available on the state's education website.
Overall, our students significantly outperform their state and national peers, and they are making gains.
Assessments play a significant role in student learning and school accountability. Educators every year use in-depth analyses of the data to implement plans to support individual students and move them to higher achievement. The following year, they use the assessments to check for evidence of progress, reevaluate, and adjust their learning plans and goals accordingly.
While our students continually demonstrate their academic capabilities on standardized tests, these numbers do not begin to tell the story of the deep, exploratory learning happening in our classrooms. Success is defined and measured in many ways. Student achievement is also demonstrated through extra-curricular activities, the arts, community service, leadership, and citizenship. Our students have accomplished a lot in recent years!