On Tuesday, April 12, the OSPI sent Dr. Nyland an eMail reminding him of the requirement that districts and school achieve a participation rate of 95 percent on the state proficiency assessments. The message included a table naming the 49 schools in our district that did not meet the 95 percent participation rate on one or both tests.
Districts and schools that fall below the 95 percent assessment participation rate in one
or more of the state-administered English language arts or Mathematics assessments
are required to address the low participation rates as part of their District and/or School
Improvement Plan. The plan must address the causes of the low participation rate and
the actions the district and/or schools will take in response to the low participation rate. So look for that on your CSIPs.
The lowest participation rate was achieved by NOVA High School and The Center School where 0% of the students took the the ELA and the Math tests. Not one student at either of these schools took either of these tests. Not one. Nathan Hale's participation rates were only 0.75% - that's three students out of 400.
Other schools with participation rates under 10% were Garfield, Ballard, Roosevelt, Ingraham, and Private School Services.
All of the high schools are on the list. That includes Seattle World School, South Lake, Interagency, Cascade Parent Partnership Program, and Middle College. The high school with the highest participation rate was Rainier Beach with 89.52% participation on the ELA test and 86.67% participation on the Math test. Those numbers may sound high, but remember that the requirement is 95%.
Thornton Creek had the lowest participation rate for elementary schools, 34.52% for ELA and 24.87% for Math. Among neighborhood elementary schools, Sacajawea and Stevens had the lowest participation rates.
TOPS was lowest among K-8s with 71.34% and 70.96%. The lowest participation middle schools were Jane Addams with 89.08% and 83.24% and Hamilton with 85.79% and 87.06%. Six of the attendance area middle schools are on the list.
A lot of the option schools are on the list. In fact, I think they all are.
Of the 49 schools on the list, 21 of them did have participation rates of at least 90% on at least one of the tests.
The OSPI offers resources that can be shared with parents and community members on assessments
and the importance of assessments here, under