Issaquah schools showed mixed testing results

October 5, 2010

Last spring, thousands of Issaquah students took either the Measurement of Student Progress or the High School Proficiency Exam. Their results were as mixed as their peers from across the state.

“There’s no real perfect pattern,” Issaquah School District Assessment Director Sharon Manion said. “We have some schools up and some schools down in almost every category.”

Both the HSPE and the MSP had fewer questions than their predecessor, the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exam, known as the WASL. But fewer questions on the new tests caused each one to count more.

“It’s just like any other test the kids might take in the classroom,” Manion said. “When there’s 100 points on a test, the kids might miss some and still do well. When there is 20 points on the test, the kids can’t miss as many.”

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Issaquah students lead charge, pass state requirements to graduate

June 16, 2010

NEW — 5:35 p.m. June 16, 2010

The Issaquah School District’s most recent graduates are ahead of their peers statewide.

District officials handed 1,240 seniors their diplomas June 11. Districtwide, only three students didn’t receive their diplomas because of High School Proficiency Exam requirements, district spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said. Those three students — one each from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools — didn’t pass some combination of the three exams, or a math requirement.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced preliminary graduation rates and state High School Proficiency Exam scores at a press conference Wednesday in Olympia.

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Students to take progress tests

May 4, 2010

Issaquah School District third- through eighth-graders will participate in the state’s Measures of Student Progress testing in May.

Most of the testing will occur May 10-20.

The test replaces the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exam.

The test is similar to the WASL in that it also tests students’ ability to meet state and grade-level requirements in the areas of writing, reading, math and science. The test is shorter than the WASL exam and takes only one day for the reading, math and science sections instead of two. The writing exam will still take two days.

This year, the state is also piloting its first online testing formats. But Issaquah schools are not part of the pilot program.

School district officials have sent out e-mail reminders to families about how important it is for students to be in school on testing days. During the testing period, some schools may be on a revised schedule, so check your student’s school calendar for updated information.

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High School Proficiency Exams start next week

March 10, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 10, 2010

High School Proficiency Exams for sophomores will start March 16.

The exams are a state requirement — in addition to coursework and credits — for students to receive their high school diplomas.

Exams include reading, writing, math and science questions. The reading exam will be administered March 16, and the writing exam will follow March 17-18. The math exam will be given April 13, and the science portion will be April 15.

Due to the exam times, Issaquah School District schools will operate on alternate schedules March 17. Check your student’s school calendar or the district Web site for more information.

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State superintendent proposes delays to graduation requirements

December 1, 2009

The debate about math and science graduation requirements is heating up again. Read more

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Court OKs state’s unequal school funding formula

November 17, 2009

The state Supreme Court unanimously decided Nov. 12 that inequities resulting from state funding formulas don’t violate the state’s constitution. Read more

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State WASL scores mailed to families

September 21, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2009

Issaquah School District officials have mailed Washington Assessment of Student Learning scores home to families of high school students who took last spring’s exam.

Scores for students in the third through 12th grades were also posted under the district’s secure Family Access site.

Parents can access that site with their login and password information. If you have forgotten your login or password information, you can obtain them by contacting your school.

Families without Internet access may request paper copies from their child’s school.

You can also go to the state Superintendent’s Office Web site to view districtwide and statewide summaries of student performance on the exams. At that site, you will also find summaries of learning expectations for students in each grade level.

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State Board of Education picks Connie Fletcher

September 8, 2009

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher was selected as the newest member of the Washington State Board of Education on Aug 31.

“It is a real honor,” Fletcher said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The state board directs education policy, like graduation requirements and curriculum, for the state. Read more

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School district fails to meet federal progress standards

August 18, 2009

Despite high testing scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exam, the Issaquah School District did not meet federal Adequate Yearly Progress standards this year. Read more

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Annual math assessment graduation requirement amended

April 6, 2009

Students who earn two math credits after 10th grade no longer have to take a state math exam each year prior to graduation.

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