- RB had the highest increase in reading scores for high schools in the district (17%).
- 22% increase in Science
- and 8-10% increase in Math
From SPS Communications (bold mine):
Seattle Public School students again made significant academic gains during the 2012-2013 school year, Superintendent José Banda announced today.
The preliminary scores released by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) show Seattle students outperforming the state average in multiple subjects.
In 2013, Seattle students met or exceeded standard on the state exams at a higher rate than the previous year (2012) in 19 of 21 exams taken. Seattle also exceeded the 2013 statewide average in 19 of 21 exams, remaining slightly behind in only 10th grade reading and writing. The district widened its lead over statewide averages in 18 exams reflecting a trend in recent years of increasing separation between Seattle and the state as a whole.
Building upon successes in recent years, positive trends continued in mathematics for 3rd through 8th grade. Compared to 2012 results, Seattle students achieved increases of 3.1 and 3.0 percentage points in 3rd and 4th grades, and 4.2 and 5.3 points in 7th and 8th grade, respectively. Results in 5th and 6th grades were slightly positive or stable. Scores for 8th grade math increased the most with 69.4 percent meeting or exceeding standard in 2013 versus 64.1 percent in 2012 — a 5.3 percentage point increase. The separation between Seattle and the statewide average increased or remained stable in 3rd through 8th grade mathematics. The biggest change was observed in 8th grade where Seattle increased its advantage over the state from an 8.7 point lead in 2012 to a 16.2 point margin in 2013.
The upward trend in 5th grade science continued for the third year in a row with 74.8 percent of students meeting or exceeding standard.
“The fifth-grade science scores have gone up by 11 percentage points in the past two years,” said Banda. “I’m particularly pleased to see positive results in math and science. These subjects play a key role in preparing our students to attend college and compete for employment both now and in the future.”
Eighth grade science scores remained consistent with 75 percent of students again meeting or exceeding standard, up from 60 percent three years ago.
End-of-course (EOC) math scores showed positive gains as well with 86.4 percent of students having passed the state Algebra exam, and 91.4 percent passing the Geometry exam.
In the second year of the biology EOC test, 82.8 percent of students in Seattle Public Schools passed. This result was higher than the statewide pass rate of 81.7 percent. (The biology EOC was administered for the first time in 2012.)
On the 10th grade High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE), the percent meeting standard dropped by 2.3 percentage points in writing, however reading improved by 5.2 percentage points to 83.3 percent.
Writing scores in 4th and 7th grade improved by 2.2 points and 3.5 points, respectively. Building good writing skills remains a focus for the District as nearly any career or college plans require strong writing.
Compared to last year, reading scores increased across all grades with the exception of 7th grade. The largest increase in proficiency rates over last year was shared by 6th and 10th graders in reading, where both groups bested their 2012 results by 5.2 percentage points. Seattle increased its achievement compared with the statewide average in 3rd through 8th grade reading with 6th graders increasing their lead by the largest margin — from a 3.8 percentage point margin in 2012 to an 8.3 point lead in 2013.
Today’s results reinforce a significant positive trend in successfully closing the achievement gap for schools serving lower income communities in Seattle. Based on preliminary district estimates, for example, the gap in 3rd to 8th grade mathematics (combined) between students in Southeast Seattle and students in the other four regions of the district has narrowed from a 20 percentage point aggregate gap in 2010 to a 9 percentage point gap in 2013.
“Education will open doors for our students for the rest of their lives,” said Superintendent Banda. “While we must continue our work to close the achievement gap, we are making progress. This is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the entire community.”
The test results released by OSPI today provide results from student examinations which took place in spring of 2013. Students in grades 3 through 8 took the MSP tests in reading, math, writing (grades 4 and 7 only) and science (grades 5 and 8 only). Students in 10th grade took the HSPE in reading and writing. High school students (and some middle school students) also took the EOC exams in math (algebra or geometry) and science (biology).
Tables showing SPS trend data and state comparisons can be found at the end of this news release.
Complete information concerning the 2013 state test results for each school, grade level and student subgroup may be found at the OSPI report card (http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us.
Seattle Public Schools
MSP / HSPE / EOC System-wide Results
Percent Meeting Standard and SPS/State comparison (2006-2013)
For further state, district, and school level results, please visit OSPI’s website at: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/
From OSPI:To date, the Class of 2013 has fulfilled each assessment requirement at the following rates:
- Reading: 94.7%
- Writing: 94.6%
- Math: 92%
While the success rate on the assessments is high, it’s important to note that some students have not fulfilled the other three graduation requirements: credits, high school and beyond plan and culminating project. The final on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2013 will be available in February 2014.