CKSD surpasses state WASL results in most categories

While school officials across the state celebrated Wednesday’s record-high scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning test, local 10th-, eighth-, and seventh-graders surpassed Washington’s numbers.

Central Kitsap School District seventh-graders led the way, with 8 percent more students passing the reading component of the WASL than the state average. Sophomores outdid the state average by 7.7 percent in the math portion of the test.

At the same time, fourth- and fifth-graders hovered within just a few percentage points of the average.

“We are a heartbeat away from being at or surpassing the state results,” said Linda Elman, research and evaluation director for the district.

Central Kitsap High School sophomores have consistently been at the forefront among their district classmates and this year was no exception. In reading, 82.5 percent of CKHS 10th-graders passed last spring’s WASL, in math, 62.5 percent of them met the standard, in writing that number was 75.3 and in science, 48 percent passed.

“It’s nice to see (incremental improvement through the years),” CKHS Principal John Cervinsky said. “It means there’s a process in place that increases academic achievement.”

Cervinsky credited the consistent WASL improvement in his school to the teachers’ high expectations and the students’ high motivation, as well

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