OSPI is calling this a "sneak peek" and frankly, I don't think it's all that amusing.
It's interesting because it appears the overall Washington results on LA are higher than the field test last year. But with them hovering in the low-50s/low-60s, not so great. One good trend is that the proficiency rate goes up steadily from 3-11 grade.
Math is another story. Again the Washington test results are better than the field test by at least 15 points but, in a reverse, the results get worse - much worse - from 3rd to 11th grade. You have 57% of 3rd graders at proficient and that drops by about 10 points from 6-8th and then at 11th grade, only 29th % of 11th graders are proficient. I suspect something is wrong with the test, what has been taught in preparation for the test (meaning teachers did not know what was on the test and the students may be seeing certain items for the first time) or the teachers didn't do a good job.
OSPI cautions that this sneak peek is preliminary. Results are updated
daily, as tests continue to be scored. Return rates vary by district,
grade level and content area, so comparisons between districts should
not be made until all tests have been scored. Disaggregated
district-level results will be available during OSPI’s annual score
release press conference at 10 am on August 17.
This week’s preliminary results do not factor in student refusals. What
is reported here is the proportion of students who took the test and
earned a level 3 or level 4. OSPI will release test refusal numbers, by
grade level and content area for each school district, on July 9. For
state and federal accountability purposes, refusals will be incorporated
into the proficiency rates reported on August 17. Proficiency rates
will be lower when refusals are included.