Despite gains in some areas, the recent release of scores for the Washington Assessment of Student Learning shows South Kitsap still has a long way to go to bring all of its students body up to standard.
Dan Whitford, the district’s director of instructional services, was encouraged by some results, such as the increase in the number of seventh grade students meeting state standards in reading — nearly six percentage points higher than last year. There were also promising gains in math scores — typically a troublesome area — for third and seventh graders — up 7.5 and 8.7 percentage points respectively compared with 2005-06 results. But those scores were offset by lower math scores in all other grades. Especially worrisome to district officials was a significant drop of 5.5 percentage points in 10th-graders meeting standard, said Dan Whitford, director of instructional services. This year’s results show only 43.3 percent achieving that goal. Whitford called the results “discouraging.”
You can read the complete story on local WASL scores here, and in Saturday’s Kitsap Sun, you’ll find a complete listing of scores for each district.
We also ran a wire story on how this year’s graduating class is “stepping up to the plate” as the first class required to pass the reading and writing WASL and meet other state requirements.
Last week, we ran an overview of how local districts are measuring up to the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
I’ve pasted SKSD’s WASL overview below.