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Bremerton School District WASL scores released

As a whole, district making strides.

Bremerton High School made hefty strides in the 2007-08 Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) in every category but math, according to results released by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

While Bremerton’s 10th-grade numbers remain below state averages in every category — reading, writing, math and science — the gap appears to be closing.

On the writing portion, an all-time-best 82.2 percent of students posted a passing score in 2007-08, up from only 12 percent in 1998-99 and 72.7 percent in 2006-07.

Passage rates in reading and science also climbed from 2006-07, going from 72.2 percent and 24.1 percent to 80 percent and 27.8 percent, respectively.

“We need to understand how hard our teachers, parents and students are working to reach the ever increasing goals for performance,” said Bob Hamilton, BSD Director of Special Education, Assessment and School Support. “We should look back 10 years and celebrate our successes and advances. We have a lot to be proud of in our profession.”

The district’s elementary passage rates are on the rise too, particularly at Crownhill Elementary School.

At a press conference Aug. 26, State Superintendent Terry Bergeson praised Crownhill for making exceptional progress, recognizing it and three other schools statewide.

“We put in tons of hours and tons of work as a staff to create a system to increase student achievement,” Crownhill Principal Jill Carlson said in a statement released by the district. “All of our hard work as a staff continues to show positive results.”

The passage rate of Crownhill fourth graders increased by double digits in all three categories tested — reading, writing and math — and skyrocketed above state averages.

On the reading portion, fourth graders passed at a 92.8 percent clip, up from 78.7 percent in 2006-07 and well above the state’s 72.3 percent average.

Writing and math passage rates also climbed impressively, going from 59 percent and 60.7 percent in 2006-07 to 79.7 percent and 78.3 percent in 2007-08, respectively. Statewide in 2007-08, 62.1 percent of fourth graders passed the writing portion, while 53.4 percent passed the math portion.

“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing and we need to keep working hard,” Carlson said. “We are data-driven, relentless and we care about every kid, every day.”

Designed by Washington state teachers, the WASL reflects what students know and are able to do based on the state’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs), according to OSPI.

For a complete list of Bremerton’s WASL scores, trends and information, visit http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us and search for Bremerton School District in the drop down menu.

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