District tops region again in state assessments

District tops region again in state assessments
Posted on 10/04/2019
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Anacortes School District topped 35 school districts in the region in state assessment scores in 2019, based on scores released for 3rd through 10th graders in science, math and English language arts. The composite score of students meeting standard on all tests for Anacortes was 71.2 percent, followed by Coupeville (63.7 percent) and Everett (62.6 percent).

The score represents an average of all subject areas and grade levels on the annual Smarter Balanced state assessment. It was the third consecutive year that Anacortes has led the region, which includes all districts in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties. The scores place Anacortes in the top five percent of school districts in Western Washington.  

In addition to the overall score, Anacortes ranked first in 3-5 Math, 6-8 Math, 6-8 English Language Arts and 10th grade English Language Arts.

Anacortes saw growth in every grade level and subject area from the previous year’s assessment results.

“These results represent a lot of hard work and high quality from our teaching professionals,” said superintendent Mark Wenzel. “We are a learning organization and invest a lot in professional development and time for teachers to collaborate. It’s definitely a celebration to achieve success with many students.”

At the same time, Wenzel noted that the data indicate who is not achieving success.

“We continue to have significant gaps, based on socio-economic status and race,” he said. “Our vision is that all students learn at high levels, so the feedback from the state assessments helps us target improvement efforts.”

Wenzel also emphasized that test scores offer just one perspective of success.

“Our students are much more than a test score,” he said. “We also look at the social-emotional growth, including extra-curricular participation, student leadership opportunities and character education. We stand committed to a well-rounded education.”  


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