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Bainbridge schools top state averages in testing

Officials with the Bainbridge Island School District hailed new test results released this week that show a gain in island students meeting state standards.

The district continues to demonstrate powerful performance on Washington state assessments, officials said, including the Measures of Student Progress (MSP), High School Proficiency Exam and End-of-Course (EOC) exams.

Combined Bainbridge school test scores top state averages, and report cards for Ordway Elementary School, Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School, Woodward Middle School and the Odyssey Multiage Program showed an increased percentage of students meeting standards in math.

Bainbridge High School students show some of the strongest scores in the state.

A total of 96 percent of 10th-grade students were proficient in reading and 97 percent met or exceeded standards in writing. In addition, 94 percent to 97 percent of secondary students passed EOC exams in algebra, geometry and biology.

The district’s report card showed progress in math MSP test scores, specifically in grades 3, 4, 6 and 8. At Ordway, the 2013 third-grade cohort demonstrated great improvement, with a move from 64 percent to 86 percent meeting standards in the math MSP in 2014.

“It’s a strong step in the right direction,” said Superintendent Faith Chapel. “These results show good returns for our increases in professional development in math.”

Starting in the spring of 2015, Washington’s assessments will change to a new system called Smarter Balanced for English language arts (formerly reading and writing) and math. Students in grades 5 and 8 will continue to take the science MSP.

Every family of a student who takes a state test receives a score report. Bainbridge families will receive the report via mail in the fall.

The complete state and local report card is available at www.k12.wa.us/.

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