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Early WASL results show gains

Ahead of the release of individual WASL scores high school sophomores will receive this week, on Thursday the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson announced the preliminary statewide results in reading, writing and math for 10th-graders.

Central Kitsap School District, in sync with schools throughout the peninsula, will release its Washington Assessment of Student Learning numbers Monday.

Only the results from the the three subject areas that the class of 2008 has to pass as a graduation requirement will be available to families by Wednesday, June 14. The scores from the science portion of the test, as well as spring 2006 WASL results for students in all other grade levels, won’t become available until September.

According to OSPI, math remains the weakest of the three graduation-tied WASL subjects.

Of the 70,255 sophomores who took the mathematics test in April, 37,866 met or exceeded the standard. That is nearly 54 percent, an improvement over last year’s 47.5 percent of sophomores meeting or exceeding the math standard.

Last year, CKSD sophomores’ math results surpassed the state average with a 54.9 percent passing or surpassing the requirement.

“In spite of the motivation provided by the graduation requirement, many, many students still struggle with mathematics,” Bergeson said Thursday.

“We must face these results squarely and accelerate our efforts to teach kids the mathematics they need. Our futures and their future standard of living depend upon it.

“Our state is a major force in the international economy. Mathematics is essential to the jobs that drive that economy. And it is also essential to successfully managing our daily, complex lives. The world has changed. It is time to face facts: Mathematics is for everyone.”

According to OSPI’s preliminary results, 85.6 percent of sophomores met the reading requirement when they sat for the WASL test earlier this spring. In writing, 83.6 percent passed.

The results are released early for the first time for students, who haven’t met the standard in one or more of the subject areas, and their families to plan ahead for summer classes and re-take opportunities.

WASL results for the state, school districts and individual schools through the 2004-05 school year test, are available online at http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/.

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