Island students again ace WASL

Bainbridge students scored among the highest in the state on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning again this year, though some scores at lower grade levels were lower than in 2007.

Grade-by-grade results from the statewide assessment were released Tuesday morning by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

At the 10th grade level, 97.7 percent of Bainbridge students passed both the reading and writing portions of the WASL. Statewide, 81.3 percent of sophomores passed the reading section, while 86.2 passed writing.

At Bainbridge high schools, 84.7 percent of 10th graders passed mathematics section and 68.6 percent passed the science section. Statewide, 49.3 percent and 39.7 percent of sophomores passed those sections, respectively.

Bainbridge students in grades 3 through 8 also performed well-above state averages on the WASL. But WASL scores declined from 2007 in some areas for those lower grade levels. Most significantly, passage rates for grades 4 and 7 were lower in reading, writing and mathematics this year than in 2007, mirroring a statewide trend.

“We are very pleased that a high percentage of Bainbridge Island students continue to perform very well on the WASL,” BISD Supt. Faith Chapel said in a statement Tuesday. “We are especially pleased to note that the achievement level of our 10th grade students is among the highest in the state.”

Chapel said the district was concerned about scores at lower grade levels and would be working to analyze and adjust its curriculum in response.

This year’s 10th grade WASL results were largely stable from 2007, when 97 percent passed the reading section, 97.3 percent passed the writing section, 85 percent passed the mathematics section and 67.7 percent passed the science section. The science portion of the WASL will not be a requirement for graduation until 2013.

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