The Excellent Schools Now (ESN) Coalition is encouraged by the results from the state's first Smarter Balanced assessments. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released statewide test results this morning.
The scores represent a new baseline that provides a more accurate indicator for educators, students, and parents. The scores should not be used as an apples-to-apples comparison to former state tests (e.g., MSP and HSPE). The results will improve as students have additional years of instruction aligned to the new Washington State Standards.
It is vital to our state's economy that we have more students better prepared for college, work, and life. We have an increasing job skills gap in Washington that needs to be addressed, and these scores are a key indicator that we are moving toward the goal.
The Excellent Schools Now Coalition thanks Washington's U.S. Senator Patty Murray for standing strong for all students – in Washington and nationally.
Senator Murray, a Democrat, is the ranking member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee. She is working across the aisle with Republican Chairman Lamar Alexander (TN) to craft a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Act, which was last updated under President Bush as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
Read more about Senator Murray's leadership.
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