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CK students increase WASL scores

The number of students in the Central Kitsap School District and state who have met or exceeded the standard on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) has increased in most areas.

District numbers increased across the board except in 10th-grade reading, math and listening. Statewide students improved in all areas but 10th-grade math.

Each spring, nearly 230,000 public school students in grades four, seven and 10 take the WASL, which tests how well students meet state standards in reading, mathematics, writing and listening. The WASL is comprised of multiple-choice, short answer and essay questions.

The largest gains for CK students were seen in seventh-grade writing. In 2003, 56 percent of the students met the standard, versus 45 percent in 2002. That continues an upward trend in which the number of students meeting the standard in seventh-grade writing has nearly doubled in the past five years.

The steady increases CK has seen during the past five years are because of teachers, said Linda Elman, director for research and evaluation for the district.

“Teachers have become aware of the standard and they are teaching to the standards,” Elman said.

Largest gains statewide were made in 10th-grade math, up 7 percentage points from 2002’s 30 percent.

Terry Bergeson, superintendent for public instruction, called the statewide scores released Thursday a milestone in education reform.

 “This year’s results also signify a turning point in how student achievement will be considered from now on in our state. Recent federal accountability rules have added new achievement goals and deadlines that will intensify our state’s support of student academic progress,” she said.

The percentage of CK students meeting the WASL standard was above the state average in all areas except fourth-grade writing. Fifty percent of CK’s fourth graders met the standard, and statewide it was 54 percent. Both groups saw gains over the previous year.

In fourth-grade listening 73 percent of CK’S students met the standard, up two percent over last year. Statewide, students held steady at 66 percent. In fourth-grade reading 73 percent of CK’s students met the standard versus 67 percent statewide. In math 59 percent of CK fourth graders met the standard, up 5 percent from 2002 and 4 percent higher than the state average.

Fourth-grade students at Cottonwood Elementary had a 30 percent increase in the number of students who met the standard in math. In fourth-grade reading 87 percent of the students met the standard, a 15 percent increase over last year.

Central Kitsap seventh-graders who met the reading standard increased from 44 percent in 2002 to 49 percent this year. Statewide, 48 percent of the students met the standard. Districtwide a seven percent increase was seen in seventh-grade math at 41 percent with the state at 37 percent. CK Junior High students made the most gains in math going from 37 percent to 50 percent.

Writing also saw a jump from 45 percent to 56 percent of students meeting the standard and listening leapt from 81 percent to 89 percent. Statewide 55 percent of students met the standard in writing and 87 percent met the standard in listening.

CK 10th-graders who met the standard in reading decreased from 72 percent in 2002 to 70 percent. Statewide, numbers were up from 59 percent last year to 60 percent. In math CK students saw a 2 percent decrease at 43 percent while statewide the number of students meeting the standard increased 2 percent over last year’s 37 percent.

In writing, CK students meeting the standard increased considerably from 58 percent to 65 percent. Statewide 60 percent met the standard, up 4 percent from 2002. In 10th-grade listening CK students meeting the stands decreased from 88 percent in 2002 to 80 percent this year. That number is still higher than the state average of 76 percent. In 2002, 82 percent of students statewide met the standard.

In 10th-grade writing Klahowya students meeting the standard jumped from 46 percent in 2002 to 67 percent.

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