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10th graders top CKSD on WASL

"Central Kitsap School District 10th graders logged double-digit improvements in each of four Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) categories, according to scores released last week. Students in the three grades that take the standardized test every year - fourth, seventh and 10th grades - showed the greatest improvement in the writing portion of the test. Local students got their highest marks on the listening section of the test, which also includes reading and math exams. I think you'll agree that the 10th grade scores, especially, are very exciting, said Linda Elman, the director of research evaluation for the Central Kitsap School District, who presented scores to the Central Kitsap School Board Aug. 22.More 10th graders met state-mandated reading standards this year (72 percent this year, up from 59 percent in 2000), and 10th graders also showed improvement in math (45 percent met state standards, up 10 points from 2000). The largest gain came in writing, where 45 percent of 10th graders met the standard, up from 30 percent in 2000. CKSD 10th graders continued to listen well, as 86 percent met state standards. The scores were a contrast to results for the same group between 1999 and 2000 - in 2000, each 10th grade scoring category declined or remained the same. "

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