Issaquah School District outscores others on statewide assessments

September 4, 2012

By Staff

Students in the Issaquah School District continued to outscore the state in all categories on 2012 assessments, according to results released Aug. 29 by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“This is just the beginning of our work,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said in a statement. “We get into the nitty-gritty details of our assessment scores, and individual schools and teachers use them to target and make plans to help all students, groups of students and individual students succeed.”

Scores released include results from the 2012 administration of the Measurements of Student Progress, High School Proficiency Exams, and math and biology EOC exams. The EOC exams are taken by students whenever they complete the corresponding coursework, regardless of their grade. This is a change from a generic math and science assessment taken by all sophomores.

On the Math EOC 1, 89.9 percent of local students met the standard. Statewide, the percentage was 71 percent. Seventy-one percent of the district’s eight-grade students passed their math test while 56.9 percent passed across Washington. Overall, Issaquah’s third- through seventh-grade students outscored the rest of the state in math by about 20 percent. In particular, reading scores improved significantly in seventh grade with a 13.9 percent increase.

Area students earned high marks in science as well. On the Biology EOC, Issaquah’s score was 84 percent while the state average was 64.1 percent. More than 85 percent of local eighth- and fifth-graders passed their tests. The state’s score for both grade levels was a little more than 66 percent.

Issaquah’s students also did better in reading. Across the state, 81.1 percent passed the 10th-grade reading test and locally that figure jumped to 93.5 percent. Area scores for third- through eighth-grade students ranged from 83.7 percent to 88.2 percent while the state’s average fluctuated between 67.2 percent and 71.4 percent.

The trend continued for writing assessments as well. More than 95 percent of Issaquah’s 10th-graders met state standards while that figure dropped 10 percentage points for the state average. In seventh grade, local students scored 89.6 percent; across the state, students scored 71 percent. And in fourth grade, the district scored 81.2 percent, compared to the state’s 61.3 percent.

While the state’s scores were lower than Issaquah, the assessments did show progress across Washington. Specifically, fifth-grade science scores jumped 10.4 percent, from 55.7 percent of students passing in 2011 to 66.1 percent in 2012, as well as a 4.7 percent jump in eighth-grade scores, from 61.6 percent in 2011 to 66.3 percent in 2012.

“Students are continuing to make progress,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said in a statement. “Science and math scores are up in almost every grade. Those trends are due to the great work that our science and math teachers do every day, and the fact that we have new standards that are clear and address what students need now and in the future.”

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