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Lake Stevens students outperform state in annual assessments

Lake Stevens School District 2022 state assessment scores vs. Washington state

Smarter Balanced Assessment results in bar graph format

Third- through eighth-graders and 10th-graders took the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts and Math. Fifth-, eighth- and 11th-graders also took the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science.

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 (WCAS). LSSD students once again outperformed their peers statewide in nearly all assessed categories. Our students were among the leaders in Snohomish County in the majority of tested areas.

I'm very proud of our students' overall successes and their academic growth in a very difficult year," said Dr. Ken Collins, Superintendent of LSSD. "I'm also incredibly grateful to our staff who worked to prepare our students for these annual assessments. We take student achievement very seriously, and are working to ensure that all students receive the help and necessary interventions to succeed."

Summative assessment scores, such as the SBA and WCAS, are just one way that we 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 state assessments 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.

Given the challenges that we faced the last two school years—which were seen throughout the country—these results should not be compared to previous year's test results, and in fact, the assessment was different than previous years. Because of this difference, these test results will not be used by themselves to make instructional or program decisions for students. Instead, they will be a general guide to identify areas where continued support is needed to ensure that our students have the tools and skills they need to succeed academically. Instructors will rely on classroom- and district-based assessments to guide their instruction.

While the spring 2022 scores indicate progress, opportunity gaps continue to persist. Supporting students furthest from educational justice and students most impacted by the pandemic has remained a priority. Students are receiving interventions through a variety of strategies.

Student assessment scores were shared with families via email earlier this fall. This information is also available in Skyward Family Access under the "Test Scores" tab.

For more information about LSSD’s student achievement scores and demographic information, visit Washington State Report Card and search for “Lake Stevens School District.” To learn more about state testing, visit OSPI State Testing.