Blaine test scores a mixed bag

Published on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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The results for the new state educational assessment tests are in and they present a mixed bag of results to the Blaine school district.

While math scores went up at the seventh and sixth grade levels, they declined compared to last year at the tenth grade and elementary school levels. Science test scores improved for tenth grade students, but declined at the fifth and eighth grade levels.

Reading scores went up at grades four and seven while going down at the third, fifth, sixth, eighth and tenth grade levels. Writing scores held relatively constant at the only grades at which they are assessed at the state level; grades four, seven and ten.

The High School Proficiency Exam starting at grade 10 and the Measure of Student Performance for grades three through eight replaced the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) for the previous school year.
In a review of the results, the district said the decline in math scores indicates a dramatic drop off from the trend seen in the WASL.

The administration plans to examine the test results and determine how the focus of teaching in the unsatisfactory areas can be shifted to ensure students meet and exceed performance levels.