OSPI Releases Data on Assessment Analytics
OLYMPIA — October 31, 2016 — Analytics released today by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction show how students perform on state tests over time and how they compare to their peers.
Two main data sets comprise the analytics. State testing results from Spring 2016 show how many students are meeting standard in English language arts and math. Unlike state testing data released in August, the analytics allow anyone to see school-level results in graph form and allow for a variety of factors to be included, such as gender, race/ethnicity, etc.
Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) describe a student’s growth compared to his/her academic peers: those students with similar test score histories. The percentiles give parents and educators a chance to see growth and academic progress, even if the student hasn’t met standard yet.
“Having been an educator my entire life, I understand the need for multiple measures of student success,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “We have data for both the point-in-time results from the Smarter Balanced tests and comparison results to other students. That data will give districts a better picture of how they are educating all students, and where gaps between groups may exist.”
OSPI is taking a closer look at key performance indicators that lead to student success. The data sets will help school districts identify opportunities to improve equity between student groups and learn from each other about what works.
School districts can use the analytics tool to compare themselves to the state numbers and to other districts with similar demographics, paying close attention to student groups that may be struggling.
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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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