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New test makes comparisons with past years difficult

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students continue to score higher on standardized tests than state and national averages. They scored on average 67 points higher on the SAT reading, writing and math test than the state and national averages during the last school year.

However, because a new SAT was given starting in January 2016, the averages cannot easily be compared to previous years.

“These results show that our students and teachers are working hard every day,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “I am proud of Lake Washington students, teachers, administrators and our community for these results.”

A total of 977 students took the SAT this year. This number is down from a district high of 1,135 in 2015.

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) Mean
District 600
State 536
National 533

 

Math Mean
District 598
State 531
National 527

 

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About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,000 students in 52 schools.

 

Students now compete for scholarships worth more than $33 million

Redmond, Wash. – Thirty-Eight Lake Washington School District (LWSD) high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the semifinalists on September 13. 

Sixteen thousand high school seniors nationwide qualified. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level. More than half will win a National Merit Scholarship. These students will be able to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million.

Students qualified for these awards by completing the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The semifinalists include the highest scoring students in each state. The semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Lake Washington School District National Merit Semifinalists:

Eastlake High School:

  • Abel Birchfield
  • Divya Parimi
  • Clara Raggi
  • Maggie Van Nortwick

International Community School:

  • Nour Ayad
  • Yaniv Schwartz
  • Michael Sun
  • Daniel Zhu

Juanita High School:

  • Arthur Liu
  • Shawdi Mehrvarzan

Lake Washington High School:

  • Samuel Dorsey
  • Zachary Mickelson
  • Michelle Um

Tesla STEM High School:

  • Christina Goto
  • Rashida Hakim
  • Natali Kendal-Freedman
  • Prerana Kulkarni
  • Anne Lee
  • Neha Nagvekar
  • Parth Nain
  • Vaishnavi Phadnis
  • Frederick Qin
  • Suchi Sridhar
  • Yury Sudzilouski
  • Anna Vasyura
  • Brandon Yue

Redmond High School:

  • August Chen
  • Trevor Christensen
  • Keenan Ganz
  • Sophia Hwang
  • Lucy Jiang
  • Kathleen Li
  • Daniel Liu
  • Rohin Meduri
  • Virginia Qian
  • Emma Raffman
  • Anna Wang

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About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,000 students in 52 schools.

 

Dear Lake Washington School District families,

Many of you have seen the disturbing news regarding the shooting at Freeman High School, which is near Spokane, Washington, this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students, their families and the surrounding community.

Since this terrible situation occurred in our state and is garnering significant media coverage, I want to provide you with information on our district’s efforts to keep students safe. In addition, I want to provide you with information that may be helpful in talking with your child.

Student safety continues to be our district’s top priority:

  • All of our schools in Lake Washington have crisis response plans in place that address a full range of emergency situations. We do regular lockdown drills in all of our schools to prepare for all kinds of emergencies, including active shooter situations. We partner with local law enforcement and safety experts.
  • Our schools are equipped with interior door locks and window shading systems for use in lockdown and emergency situations. We are installing exterior card access systems. These safety upgrades were funded through passage of the 2014 capital projects levy.
  • Security cameras are in use at our comprehensive high schools.

In addition, you can help. We need students, parents, staff and community members to continue to report any concerns to administrators as soon as they arise. We assure you that every concern we receive is taken seriously.

Your student(s) may have heard this news in some way, whether from television, radio, adults or their friends. Since the situation took place in a school in our state, the news may be especially disturbing to them. Here are a few suggestions for helping to make students feel safe:

  • Turn off or monitor the television. Endless news coverage is likely to heighten anxiety.
  • Maintain a normal routine.
  • Stick to facts. Answer questions factually.   
  • Remain calm and reassuring. Students take their cues from their parents and adults.
  • Be a good listener and observer. Pay attention to changes in behavior.
  • Take care of yourself. You are better able to help your students if you are coping well. If you are anxious or upset, your students are more likely to be so as well.

Our building administrators, school counselors, and teachers are working hard to ensure student safety and provide emotional support for students. Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

Sincerely,

Dr. Traci Pierce,
Superintendent

 

Students continue to score well-above state averages

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students continue to score well-above the state average in all areas tested by the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA).

“Student performance on state assessments is one important measure of academic achievement and progress,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “We are pleased with our results and our teachers, building administrators will continue to work hard to ensure that every single student in our district is learning, growing, and succeeding.”

Students in grades 3-8 and in grade 11 took the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts and in Math.
In English Language Arts, the percent of LWSD students meeting the new standards ranged from 79 percent in sixth grade to a high of 87 percent in 11th grade. At the state level, the percent of students meeting the standard in English Language Arts ranged from 53 percent in grade 3 to a high of 74 percent in grade 11. (See the chart below for scores for each grade level.)

In grades 3-8 Math, the percent of LWSD students meeting the standard ranged from 74.5 percent in eighth grade to a high of 82 percent in third grade. At the state level, the percent of students meeting the standard ranged from nearly 48 percent in grade eight to nearly 58 percent in grade three.

This year, the greatest gains for LWSD were in fifth grade math (an increase of 2.9% over 2016), and sixth grade math (an increase of 2.5% over 2016).

Science scores continued to be measured in fifth and eighth grades by the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP). In LWSD, 86.7 percent of fifth grade students met the standard in 2017. At the state level, fifth grade scores decreased to 63.4 percent at standard in 2017 from 65.3 percent at standard in 2016. 

In eighth grade science, 86.0 percent of LWSD students met the standard. Eighth grade scores at the state level decreased to 65.9 percent in 2017 from 67.5 percent in 2016.

Students in the class of 2018, those who were juniors last spring, must pass the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts test to satisfy a graduation requirement. Nearly 87 percent of LWSD 11th grade students met the standard by taking the test last spring or in 2016 as 10th grade students.

Most of this year’s 11th grade students did not take the SBA math test. The class of 2018 may use either the SBA or the End of Course (EOC) exams from previous years to meet their State Assessment graduation requirement. While they have met the graduation requirement, they counted as a zero or not at standard for state testing purposes if they did not take the SBA this year. Due to such a small number of students taking the test and meeting standard as an 11th grader, the data is suppressed from the state’s annual report.

Similar to the state, we are seeing gaps in subject areas, in race and ethnicity, and in poverty. We are analyzing these gaps to determine how we can target those areas and provide additional support.  It is important that we continue to evaluate and assess our scores to ensure we are meeting the needs of all students.

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Science Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) Test Scores
Lake Washington School District and the state of Washington

Smarter Balanced Assessment and Science Measurements of Student Progress Test Scores

* High School students may have already met their State Assessment graduation requirement by passing either the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) for English Language Arts or an End of Course (EOC) exam for Math. Many of those students refused to take the SBA, and were counted as not passing.
^ Suppressed.

Note: Specific subject tests are not administered in the grades where the boxes are empty.

Complete district and state scores are available in the Washington State Report Card, as compiled by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,000 students in 52 schools.

 

LWSD students more likely to meet college readiness standards

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students are more likely to meet college readiness standards than other students in Washington state or the U.S.  Comparatively, more LWSD students score high enough to meet the ACT college readiness benchmark.

Nationally, only 27 percent of students met this standard for all four subjects tested: College English Composition (English), College Algebra (Math), College Social Science (Reading) and College Biology (Science). Just 36 percent met the standard statewide. Sixty percent of the students in LWSD who took the ACT met the benchmark scores in all subjects tested.

This chart shows the percent of students who met the college readiness benchmark score in each area in 2017:

  District State National
English 90% 62% 61%
Math 79% 51% 41%
Reading 78% 52% 47%
Science 70% 44% 37%
Met All Four 60% 36% 27%

The number of students taking the ACT continues to rise in LWSD. In 2017, 749 students took the ACT. That is 145 students more than last year, and 237 more than in 2015.

“Lake Washington students continue to score higher than state and national standards on the ACT,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “These results show that our students and teachers work hard every day to ensure that every student is future ready.”

Five-year trend – Average LWSD composite ACT score falls slightly

Composite ACT Scores

The district’s average composite score fell slightly from 26.4 in 2016 to 26.0 in 2017. State composite scores also decreased, from 23.1 in 2016 to 21.9 in 2017. The national average rose slightly from 20.8 to 21.0.

Reading scores

Average ACT Reading Scores

LWSD’s average ACT reading score decreased slightly from 26.7 in 2016 to 26.3 in 2017. State scores decreased more dramatically, from 23.6 in 2016 to 22.1 in 2017. National scores increased slightly from 21.3 to 21.4.

Science scores

Average ACT Science Scores

Average scores for LWSD students decreased in science from 26.0 in 2016 to 25.7 in 2017. State scores also decreased, from 22.9 to 22.0. National scores increased slightly from 20.8 to 21.0.

English scores

Average ACT English Scores

The average ACT English score for LWSD also decreased slightly, from 26.3 in 2016 to 25.8 in 2017. State scores also declined from 22.3 to 20.9. National scores increased slightly from 20.1 in 2016 to 20.3 in 2017.

Math scores

Average ACT Math Scores

Average ACT math scores decreased from 26.1 in 2016 to 25.8 in 2017. State scores also decreased from 23.2 to 21.9 National scores rose by .1 – from 20.6 in 2016 to 20.7 in 2017.

For more information about the ACT and national results, go to the ACT website.

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About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,000 students in 52 schools.

Pending Cooperative Bids and Proposals

Public agencies in the State of Washington are authorized by RCW 28A.320 and RCW 39.34 to enter into cooperative agreements for the purchase of various equipment, supplies and services. Below are the pending bids and proposals that, once awarded, may be accessed by other public agencies. If bid opportunities or proposals are available they will be listed below.

New test makes comparisons with past years difficult

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students continue to score higher on standardized tests than state and national averages. They scored on average 67 points higher on the SAT reading, writing and math test than the state and national averages during the last school year.

However, because a new SAT was given starting in January 2016, the averages cannot easily be compared to previous years.

“These results show that our students and teachers are working hard every day,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “I am proud of Lake Washington students, teachers, administrators and our community for these results.”

A total of 977 students took the SAT this year. This number is down from a district high of 1,135 in 2015.

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) Mean
District 600
State 536
National 533

 

Math Mean
District 598
State 531
National 527

 

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About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,000 students in 52 schools.

 

Students now compete for scholarships worth more than $33 million

Redmond, Wash. – Thirty-Eight Lake Washington School District (LWSD) high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the semifinalists on September 13. 

Sixteen thousand high school seniors nationwide qualified. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level. More than half will win a National Merit Scholarship. These students will be able to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million.

Students qualified for these awards by completing the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The semifinalists include the highest scoring students in each state. The semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Lake Washington School District National Merit Semifinalists:

Eastlake High School:

  • Abel Birchfield
  • Divya Parimi
  • Clara Raggi
  • Maggie Van Nortwick

International Community School:

  • Nour Ayad
  • Yaniv Schwartz
  • Michael Sun
  • Daniel Zhu

Juanita High School:

  • Arthur Liu
  • Shawdi Mehrvarzan

Lake Washington High School:

  • Samuel Dorsey
  • Zachary Mickelson
  • Michelle Um

Tesla STEM High School:

  • Christina Goto
  • Rashida Hakim
  • Natali Kendal-Freedman
  • Prerana Kulkarni
  • Anne Lee
  • Neha Nagvekar
  • Parth Nain
  • Vaishnavi Phadnis
  • Frederick Qin
  • Suchi Sridhar
  • Yury Sudzilouski
  • Anna Vasyura
  • Brandon Yue

Redmond High School:

  • August Chen
  • Trevor Christensen
  • Keenan Ganz
  • Sophia Hwang
  • Lucy Jiang
  • Kathleen Li
  • Daniel Liu
  • Rohin Meduri
  • Virginia Qian
  • Emma Raffman
  • Anna Wang

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About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,000 students in 52 schools.

 

Dear Lake Washington School District families,

Many of you have seen the disturbing news regarding the shooting at Freeman High School, which is near Spokane, Washington, this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students, their families and the surrounding community.

Since this terrible situation occurred in our state and is garnering significant media coverage, I want to provide you with information on our district’s efforts to keep students safe. In addition, I want to provide you with information that may be helpful in talking with your child.

Student safety continues to be our district’s top priority:

  • All of our schools in Lake Washington have crisis response plans in place that address a full range of emergency situations. We do regular lockdown drills in all of our schools to prepare for all kinds of emergencies, including active shooter situations. We partner with local law enforcement and safety experts.
  • Our schools are equipped with interior door locks and window shading systems for use in lockdown and emergency situations. We are installing exterior card access systems. These safety upgrades were funded through passage of the 2014 capital projects levy.
  • Security cameras are in use at our comprehensive high schools.

In addition, you can help. We need students, parents, staff and community members to continue to report any concerns to administrators as soon as they arise. We assure you that every concern we receive is taken seriously.

Your student(s) may have heard this news in some way, whether from television, radio, adults or their friends. Since the situation took place in a school in our state, the news may be especially disturbing to them. Here are a few suggestions for helping to make students feel safe:

  • Turn off or monitor the television. Endless news coverage is likely to heighten anxiety.
  • Maintain a normal routine.
  • Stick to facts. Answer questions factually.   
  • Remain calm and reassuring. Students take their cues from their parents and adults.
  • Be a good listener and observer. Pay attention to changes in behavior.
  • Take care of yourself. You are better able to help your students if you are coping well. If you are anxious or upset, your students are more likely to be so as well.

Our building administrators, school counselors, and teachers are working hard to ensure student safety and provide emotional support for students. Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

Sincerely,

Dr. Traci Pierce,
Superintendent

 

Students continue to score well-above state averages

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students continue to score well-above the state average in all areas tested by the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA).

“Student performance on state assessments is one important measure of academic achievement and progress,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “We are pleased with our results and our teachers, building administrators will continue to work hard to ensure that every single student in our district is learning, growing, and succeeding.”

Students in grades 3-8 and in grade 11 took the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts and in Math.
In English Language Arts, the percent of LWSD students meeting the new standards ranged from 79 percent in sixth grade to a high of 87 percent in 11th grade. At the state level, the percent of students meeting the standard in English Language Arts ranged from 53 percent in grade 3 to a high of 74 percent in grade 11. (See the chart below for scores for each grade level.)

In grades 3-8 Math, the percent of LWSD students meeting the standard ranged from 74.5 percent in eighth grade to a high of 82 percent in third grade. At the state level, the percent of students meeting the standard ranged from nearly 48 percent in grade eight to nearly 58 percent in grade three.

This year, the greatest gains for LWSD were in fifth grade math (an increase of 2.9% over 2016), and sixth grade math (an increase of 2.5% over 2016).

Science scores continued to be measured in fifth and eighth grades by the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP). In LWSD, 86.7 percent of fifth grade students met the standard in 2017. At the state level, fifth grade scores decreased to 63.4 percent at standard in 2017 from 65.3 percent at standard in 2016. 

In eighth grade science, 86.0 percent of LWSD students met the standard. Eighth grade scores at the state level decreased to 65.9 percent in 2017 from 67.5 percent in 2016.

Students in the class of 2018, those who were juniors last spring, must pass the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts test to satisfy a graduation requirement. Nearly 87 percent of LWSD 11th grade students met the standard by taking the test last spring or in 2016 as 10th grade students.

Most of this year’s 11th grade students did not take the SBA math test. The class of 2018 may use either the SBA or the End of Course (EOC) exams from previous years to meet their State Assessment graduation requirement. While they have met the graduation requirement, they counted as a zero or not at standard for state testing purposes if they did not take the SBA this year. Due to such a small number of students taking the test and meeting standard as an 11th grader, the data is suppressed from the state’s annual report.

Similar to the state, we are seeing gaps in subject areas, in race and ethnicity, and in poverty. We are analyzing these gaps to determine how we can target those areas and provide additional support.  It is important that we continue to evaluate and assess our scores to ensure we are meeting the needs of all students.

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Science Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) Test Scores
Lake Washington School District and the state of Washington

Smarter Balanced Assessment and Science Measurements of Student Progress Test Scores

* High School students may have already met their State Assessment graduation requirement by passing either the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) for English Language Arts or an End of Course (EOC) exam for Math. Many of those students refused to take the SBA, and were counted as not passing.
^ Suppressed.

Note: Specific subject tests are not administered in the grades where the boxes are empty.

Complete district and state scores are available in the Washington State Report Card, as compiled by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

####

About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,000 students in 52 schools.

 

LWSD students more likely to meet college readiness standards

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students are more likely to meet college readiness standards than other students in Washington state or the U.S.  Comparatively, more LWSD students score high enough to meet the ACT college readiness benchmark.

Nationally, only 27 percent of students met this standard for all four subjects tested: College English Composition (English), College Algebra (Math), College Social Science (Reading) and College Biology (Science). Just 36 percent met the standard statewide. Sixty percent of the students in LWSD who took the ACT met the benchmark scores in all subjects tested.

This chart shows the percent of students who met the college readiness benchmark score in each area in 2017:

  District State National
English 90% 62% 61%
Math 79% 51% 41%
Reading 78% 52% 47%
Science 70% 44% 37%
Met All Four 60% 36% 27%

The number of students taking the ACT continues to rise in LWSD. In 2017, 749 students took the ACT. That is 145 students more than last year, and 237 more than in 2015.

“Lake Washington students continue to score higher than state and national standards on the ACT,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “These results show that our students and teachers work hard every day to ensure that every student is future ready.”

Five-year trend – Average LWSD composite ACT score falls slightly

Composite ACT Scores

The district’s average composite score fell slightly from 26.4 in 2016 to 26.0 in 2017. State composite scores also decreased, from 23.1 in 2016 to 21.9 in 2017. The national average rose slightly from 20.8 to 21.0.

Reading scores

Average ACT Reading Scores

LWSD’s average ACT reading score decreased slightly from 26.7 in 2016 to 26.3 in 2017. State scores decreased more dramatically, from 23.6 in 2016 to 22.1 in 2017. National scores increased slightly from 21.3 to 21.4.

Science scores

Average ACT Science Scores

Average scores for LWSD students decreased in science from 26.0 in 2016 to 25.7 in 2017. State scores also decreased, from 22.9 to 22.0. National scores increased slightly from 20.8 to 21.0.

English scores

Average ACT English Scores

The average ACT English score for LWSD also decreased slightly, from 26.3 in 2016 to 25.8 in 2017. State scores also declined from 22.3 to 20.9. National scores increased slightly from 20.1 in 2016 to 20.3 in 2017.

Math scores

Average ACT Math Scores

Average ACT math scores decreased from 26.1 in 2016 to 25.8 in 2017. State scores also decreased from 23.2 to 21.9 National scores rose by .1 – from 20.6 in 2016 to 20.7 in 2017.

For more information about the ACT and national results, go to the ACT website.

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About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,000 students in 52 schools.