Everyone’s test scores are down. What does that mean?
Washington state had one of the highest testing participation rates in the country this school year, topping 90%.
But since school districts got access to their data a few months ago, many educators have chosen to keep the data at an arm’s length — echoing the stance of the state’s superintendent, who said in January that his agency wouldn’t spend much energy on the scores. The assessments this year were shorter and taken in the fall to test students on the previous year’s learning, instead of the typical spring timeline. Washington was one of only a handful of states delay the testing.
The fall test-score data “does not provide a comprehensive picture of where our students are at this point in time, said Catherine Carbone Rogers, a spokesperson for the Highline School District. “It tested students on the previous year’s grade level content, which was taught during a monumentally disruptive year.” Carbone Rogers said the spring test scores “will test learning in the current year, giving us much more reliable data on student learning, when put alongside…other classroom data.”