Lake Washington students continue to score well above state average on state assessments


Lake Washington students continue to score well above state average on state assessments

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) and the Washington State Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). 

“Lake Washington School District staff strive to ensure academic excellence for every student,” noted Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent. “While our results are still not quite back to where they were pre-pandemic, we are pleased to share them with our community as we continue our work as an organization to support and accelerate our students' academic and social growth.”

Students in grades three through eight and in grade 10 took the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and in Math. Students in grades five, eight and 11 also took science tests. 

In English Language Arts, the percentage of LWSD students meeting the new standards ranged from 75.3 percent in sixth grade to a high of 83.4 percent in fifth grade. At the state level, the percentage of sixth grade and fifth grade students meeting the standard in English Language Arts was 46.3, and 52.5 respectively.  (See the chart below for scores for each grade level.)

In grades three through 10 Math, the percentage of LWSD students meeting the standard ranged from 60.4 percent in 10th grade to a high of 79.8 percent in third grade. At the state level, the percentage of students meeting the standard in 10th grade and third grade was 29.9 and 50.3 respectively. 

This year, the greatest gain in math for LWSD was in fifth grade, with an increase of 4.5% over 2022. In ELA, the greatest gain was in sixth grade, with an increase of 3.2% over 2022.

In LWSD, 81.6 percent of fifth-grade students met the science standard in 2023. At the state level, 50.9 percent of fifth graders met the state science standard.

In eighth grade science, 70.8 percent of LWSD students met the standard. At the state level, 41.4 percent of eighth graders met the state science standard. 

Results – Percent of students meeting standard

Table 1.  LWSD Smarter Balanced Assessment Results, ELA, Percent Meeting Standard, 2019-23.

Grade Level
 
ELA - Lake Washington School District ELA - State
2019 2021* 2022 2023 2023
3rd Grade 81.4 79.1 77.7 80.0 47.7
4th Grade 80.8 78.9 80.7 78.3 49.0
5th Grade 85.2 77.1 81.7 83.4 52.5
6th Grade 81.7 75.8 72.1 75.3 46.3
7th Grade 84.6 77.3 78.9 77.8 49.8
8th Grade 80.9 78.1 77.7 77.8 48.5
10th Grade 88.7 71.1 81.2 80.6 60.3

*The 2021 assessment was given in the fall of 2021 and was taken by the students in their next grade level.  For example, the third-grade test for 2021 was taken by fourth graders in fall 2021.

Figure 1.  Smarter Balanced Assessment Results, ELA, Percent Meeting Standard, Spring 2023.  LWSD compared to state.

Figure 1 SBA results

 

Table 2.  LWSD Smarter Balanced Assessment Results, Math, Percent Meeting Standard, 2019-23.

Grade Level
 
Math - Lake Washington School District Math - State
2019 2021* 2022 2023 2023
3rd Grade 81.6 76.7 78.1 79.8 50.3
4th Grade 77.6 69.6 79.0 79.1 48.2
5th Grade 75.3 60.4 69.2 73.7 40.9
6th Grade 79.1 64.3 66.7 70.9 36.7
7th Grade 81.3 67.7 68.8 70.1 36.8
8th Grade 75.5 61.5 67.4 68.0 32.3
10th Grade 71.3 54.5 61.6 60.4 29.9

*The 2021 assessment was given in the fall of 2021 and was taken by the students in their next grade level.  For example, the third grade test for 2021 was taken by fourth graders in fall 2021.

Figure 2.  Smarter Balanced Assessment Results, Math, Percent Meeting Standard, Spring 2023.  LWSD compared to state.

SBA Math

Table 3.  LWSD Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science, Percent Meeting Standard, 2019-23.

Grade Level
 
Science - Lake Washington School District Science - State
2019 2021* 2022 2023 2023
5th Grade 81.7 81.5 79.0 81.6 50.9
8th Grade 77.6 78.7 70.3 70.8 41.4
11th Grade 21.3 40.2 33.5 40.4 36.7

*The 2021 assessment was given in the fall of 2021 and was taken by the students in their next grade level.  For example, the fifth-grade test for 2021 was taken by sixth graders in fall 2021.
**The 11th grade scores are low due to a significant number of students that have refused the test over the past four years.


Figure 3.  Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science, Percent Meeting Standard, Spring 2023.  LWSD compared to state.

WCAS district vs state comparison

 

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 second largest district in the state of Washington, with over 30,000 students in 56 schools.
 


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