In digging through state testing data last night, I discovered something I don’t believe I’ve seen before: 100 percent of students in a grade passing a test.
According to the Measurements of Student Progress and High School Proficiency Exam results, all Lowell Elementary fifth-graders passed the reading test and all Options High tenth-graders passed the writing test. The students were tested during the 2010-11 school year.
Options High, the Bellingham School District’s “alternative” high school, has seen high percentages of students passing the writing test in the past, with more than 90 percent passing in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years. But last year about 82 percent of students passed, and in 2008-09, only 75 percent of students passed.
Lowell Elementary regularly boasts high percentages of students meeting standard, especially on the reading test. In past years (as far back as the 2004-05 school year), about 80 to 95 percent of students tested in the school have passed the reading test. But this is the first time I’ve seen 100 percent of students pass.
I’ll be digging deeper into the data today, looking at how many students not only passed the tests, but scored in the highest level. I’m also hoping to look at which schools made the most gains compared to last year, and gather trend data over the last 5 to 10 years,