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Students perform strongly in annual assessments

Horiztonal bar graph pitting LSSD student scores against those of state-wide averages

Lake Stevens School District students outperformed their peers statewide in English Language Arts and math.

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

“Our students continue to perform exceedingly well each year, and I am extremely proud of our students and our staff members,” said Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent of Lake Stevens School District. “While assessments are just one of the ways in which we measure student achievement, these results help us to understand which students need additional interventions and support. 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.”

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 Multi-Tiered Systems of Support to provide interventions to strengthen students’ social, emotional and academic achievement. District staff members are also continuing to learn about poverty and how it affects student learning. The district has two full-time Family Engagement and Student Success Specialists who help families navigate the school system and 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.