The OSPI has released the WASL pass rates for the tests taken in the Spring of this year.
In general, the results are not good. Of the 48 different pass rates for the high schools (12 high schools with a reading, writing, math and science pass rate for each), 33 of them are down and only 15 of them are up. And 6 of those 15 are in science, which is still in the early growth phase.
Areas of particular concern are the schools in the Southeast Education Initiative.
All four pass rates for Rainier Beach High School were down, some down sharply. Rainier Beach has the lowest pass rate for all of the high schools in three of the four categories. I don't know what the accountability goals were for Rainier Beach around WASL pass rates, but there is no way that the school met the goals.
Cleveland high school saw an increase in two of the four pass rates - for math and science. Of course they are still next to last in reading (only RBHS is lower), next to last in math (only RBHS is lower), and next to last in science (only RBHS is lower). Cleveland is third from last in writing, with only Sealth and Ingraham having lower pass rates.
Aki Kurose middle school's pass rates were essentially flat for reading and math - so that won't help them meet either AYP or accountability goals - but the school saw a spectacular increase in the pass rate on the 7th grade writing test from 59.2% to 74.6%. This is huge! I don't know if it will outweigh the truly dismal 45.8% pass rate for reading (second-worst among continuing comprehensive middle schools) and the abysmal 22.5% pass rate for math, but it is a bright spot. That math pass rate of 22.5% is not only the lowest in the district among continuing comprehensive middle schools, but it is lowest by a long way. The next lowest is Denny at 40.1%
Now we will see how the accountability is applied - or, rather, if it is applied.