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Dorn Releases Student Success Measurement Data
Student growth percentiles highlight learning from year to year

OLYMPIA — September 21, 2016 — Comparing how students perform on state tests is one way to view their academic growth.

A measure released today by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will help show that growth.

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.

For example, a student who receives an SGP of 85 has demonstrated more growth than 85 percent of Washington students in the same grade and subject who had similar prior test scores.

“Determining if a student meets standard on a state test is of course very important,” said state superintendent Randy Dorn. “But it’s just as important to see whether students grow academically, by how much and whether they’re on a path to meet standard. SGPs give us another tool that we can use to help students succeed.”

SGPs are used by the State Board of Education as part of the annual state Achievement Index and will be used in the future, as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

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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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