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Coupeville WASL results mixed

While more elementary school students are passing every section of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning in the Coupeville School District, the results of the assessment which students took last spring are mixed.

At the elementary school and middle school the number of students passing every section reached all time highs.

“We’re very proud to say that 40 percent of the fourth graders met all standards,” said Glenda Merwine, director of student learning for the Coupeville School District. She added that 48.4 percent of the middle school students met standard in all areas of the WASL.

While more students passed the entire assessment, the results for individual areas vary.

Nearly 79 percent of the fourth graders at Coupeville Elementary School were proficient in reading, 54.1 percent of the students were proficient in math and 53.6 percent of the students were proficient in writing.

More than 84 percent of the seventh graders at Coupeville Middle School were proficient in reading, 53.7 percent were proficient in math and 85.3 percent were proficient in writing.

More than 72 percent of the sophomores at Coupeville High School were proficient in reading, 47.4 percent were proficient in math and 61.3 percent were proficient in writing.

Elementary school students increased slightly in the reading and math portions of the WASL but dropped 17 points in writing from the year before. Middle School students increased in every subject of the WASL while high school students dropped in every subject of the WASL.

Merwine said the new principal and new school district administrators will work to bring up scores at the high school.

The school district will receive information from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction that breaks down student performance of various areas of the test and helps teachers focus on areas of improvement.

She said teachers have also been meeting in groups to help each other improve their skills which should help the classroom.

Another area that concerns school officials lies with the Cedar Program, which is the school district’s home school program and has 91 participating students. The percentage of students passing parts of the assessment range from a low of 8.3 percent in fourth grade writing, to a high of 57.1 percent in seventh grade reading. Like the HomeConnection program in Oak Harbor, a significant number of students don’t take the assessment. Because of that, each student received a zero and it affected school results district wide.

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