OSPI releases new way to measure student success

December 31, 2013

The state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction released a new measure of student performance Dec. 9, known as Student Growth Percentiles.

The percentiles are designed to measure the amount a student learns during one year and to show how students grow over time compared to their academic peers, students who earned similar scores on a prior test.

“We shouldn’t look at the data in just one way,” state Superintendent Randy Dorn said in a news release. “We need multiple measures. If a school is showing high growth from year to year, we should celebrate that. They’re doing exactly what they need to do to help kids be successful.”

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Issaquah schools add 16 board-certified teachers

December 21, 2013

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 21, 2o13

Washington has the largest group of new national board certified teachers in the nation, and the Issaquah School District is among the state’s top 10 districts when it comes to adding high-quality teachers.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards released numbers Dec. 17 which show Washington added 516 new board-certified teachers this year, the most among the 50 states, and now has a total of 7,333, the fourth-highest in the nation.

Issaquah added 16 new board-certified teachers, placing it ninth among the state’s 295 public school districts. Seattle led the state with 54 additions, followed by Highline, Spokane, Bellevue, Clover Park, Evergreen, Federal Way and Tacoma.

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