Ready Washington and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction partnered on August 12 to brief members of the media on what to expect with the August 17 state testing score release. OSPI is scheduled to release state testing scores at 10 a.m. Monday. The event can be viewed live on TVW (cable systems) or TVW.org.
The results that will be released include:
- Smarter Balanced grades 3-8 in math and English language arts
- Science Measurements of Student Progress grades 5 and 8
- End-of-course exams in algebra 1 and geometry; biology to be reported later
- Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
The release of the first scores from Smarter Balanced will evoke many questions, but the first point to keep in mind is this is a baseline year for Smarter Balanced English language arts and math scores. It's not an apples-to-apples comparison with previous state exams, like the Measurements of Student Progress and the High School Proficiency Exam. Why? The new English language arts and math learning standards are more rigorous, thus creating a higher standard.
The Tacoma News-Tribune wrote a story covering this topic. You can view it by clicking here. The State Report Card site will include all state, district and school result, but will not include comparison of scores from spring 2014.
The August 12 media briefing was conducted at Puget Sound Skills Center in Burien. Dr. Susan Enfield, superintendent of Highlline Public Schools, served as the host and keynote speaker. Other panel participants included:
- Nancy Melius, Principal, North Hill Elementary (Highline SD)
- Stacie Kang-Ricard, Math Coach/Test Coordinator, North Hill Elementary (Highline SD)
- Evin Shinn, High School Social Studies/ELA teacher, Cleveland HS, Seattle Public Schools
- Sherry Krainick, Learning Assessment Coordinator, WA State Parent Teacher Association
- Randy Spaulding, Director, Academic Affairs and Policy, WA Student Achievement Council
- Jessica Vavrus, Assistant Supt., Teaching and Learning, OSPI
- Robin Munson, Assistant Supt., Assessment and Student Information, OSPI
- Ben Rarick, Executive Director, State Board of Education
The presentation from Wednesday's briefing can be download by clicking here.