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State Test Scores Are In: Dorn Applauds the Success of This Year’s Senior Class
The Class of 2013 is the first to face a math assessment requirement for graduation

OLYMPIA — August 26, 2013 — Twelfth graders in the Class of 2013 passed the assessment requirements by an overwhelming majority. Overall, test scores continue to show a slight improvement, State Superintendent Randy Dorn said today.

His comments came as part of the official release of scores for the 2013 administration of the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) for grades three through eight, and High School Proficiency Exams (HSPEs) and End-of-Course (EOC) exams for students in high school–level courses.

“There aren’t any dramatic changes from last year,” Dorn said. “But our scores are up on more tests than down. In particular, I congratulate the Class of 2013 for their success in meeting a high bar on their exit exams.”

HSPEs and EOCs
To be eligible to graduate, students in the Class of 2013 are required to pass a reading HSPE; a writing HSPE; and one math EOC, either in algebra I/integrated math I or geometry/integrated math II, (or state-approved alternatives). They are the first Class in Washington state who are required to pass a math exam to graduate.

To date, the Class of 2013 has fulfilled each assessment requirement at the following rates:

  • Reading: 94.7%
  • Writing: 94.6%
  • Math: 92%

More than ninety percent (90.5 percent) of 12th graders in the Class of 2013 have met all three requirements. “These passing rates are high,” Dorn said. “I’m proud of the work done by teachers, students and their families to reach these levels.”

While the success rate on the assessments is high, it’s important to note that some students have not fulfilled the other three graduation requirements: credits, high school and beyond plan and culminating project. The final on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2013 will be available in February 2014.

The Class of 2014 is starting their senior year this fall. So far, they have the following pass rates:

  • Reading: 88.8%
  • Writing: 89.4%
  • Math: 82.2%

Three out of every four (77.1 percent) 11th graders in the Class of 2014 have already met all three requirements.

The Class of 2015 will be 11th graders this fall. In addition to meeting standard on reading, writing and math tests, they are also required to meet standard in science by passing a biology EOC. So far, they have the following pass rates:

  • Reading: 81.9%
  • Writing: 82.5%
  • Math: 75.9%
  • Science: 70.3%

Fewer than sixty percent (58.9 percent) of 10th graders in the Class of 2015 have already met all four requirements.

These rates will continue to rise as students re-take exit exams or choose a state-approved alternative.

Reading and math are tested every year for grades three through eight.

  • Reading: Passage rates were up in every grade in 2013, except for seventh and eighth grades. In fact, the number of third-grade students who met standard in reading is up by 4.3 percentage points over 2012.
  • Math: Passage rates were mixed. Although the number of students who met standard in math increased by 3.2 percentage points in fourth grade and 4.5 percentage points in seventh grade, the number decreased a bit in the other grades.

Writing is tested in grades four and seven and science is tested in grades five and eight.

  • Writing: Passage rates were up slightly for both grades tested. Fourth grade results are increased by 1.5 percentage points and seventh grade is up 0.3 percentage points.
  • Science: Although the number of students meeting science standard in fifth grade ticked up by 0.4 percentage points, the number of eighth graders who passed decreased by 1.4 percentage points.

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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   Updated 8/26/2013

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