You can read the full press release by clicking here. State, district and school level results are available at the State Report Card at reportcard.k12.wa.us.
OLYMPIA – August 17, 2015 — Results from the spring 2015 administration of state tests were released by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction today during a press conference.
- the Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts and math, taken by students in grades 3-8 and 10-11;
- the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) in science, taken by students in grades 5 and 8; and
- end-of-course (EOC) exit exams in algebra I and geometry, taken by some students in grades 9-12.
Students in grades 3-8 and high school have been taking state tests, as required by state and federal law, since 2006. They help identify learning gaps and are used to determine school and district Adequate Yearly Progress. Washington’s high school students are also required to pass certain tests, or state-approved alternatives, to be eligible for graduation.
This is the first year students took the Smarter Balanced tests. “They are the most advanced that students have ever taken,” said Dorn. “They measure students’ progress on the learning standards, so teachers know where students are succeeding and where they need extra help.”
Dorn said he was pleased with the first-year results. “Statewide results beat our predictions,” he said. “That says to me that students are capable of learning our new standards, which are designed to make sure students are ready for career and college.
“It also says that the overall delivery system of the tests worked. Teachers and staff did a great job understanding and applying the new testing technology. I commend all of them for their work.”
Read the full press release by clicking here.