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Students outperform state, county in annual assessments

Last spring, Lake Stevens School District’s (LSSD) third- through eighth-graders and 10th- and 11th-graders took the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math. Lake Stevens School District’s students once again outperformed their peers statewide in all assessed categories. Our students’ assessment scores also led other Snohomish County school districts in the majority of tested areas.

“I am extremely proud of our students and our staff members,” said Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent of Lake Stevens School District. “We take student achievement very seriously and are working to ensure that all students receive the help and necessary interventions to succeed. While there are many things to be excited about, we still have work to do to close the achievement gaps we see in some sub-groups of students.”

Assessment scores are not the only source of information to measure student achievement. In our district, we focus as heavily, if not more so, on frequent, formative, classroom-based assessments that help guide instruction. Information gained from SBA results and other district and classroom-based assessments and activities help our educators plan and guide instruction. District administrators use the information to plan professional learning for teachers and to help identify, promote, and support successful programs, effective curriculum and instructional strategies.

All LSSD schools consistently and routinely use student data to develop systems of support for all students. Staff members are continuing to learn about Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports to effectively support students socially, emotionally and academically. District staff members are also continuing to learn about poverty and how it affects student learning. Two Family Engagement and Student Success Specialists were hired to help families navigate the school system and to identify resources to better support students.

Parents and guardians should have received their child(ren)’s assessment scores earlier this fall. Washington State’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has a helpful resource page that has many handouts that provide expanded information for families about state testing and learning standards, www.k12.wa.us/Resources. The Your Child’s Progress document provides specific information about grade level learning expectations.

Smarter balanced assessment graph