STATE TESTING 2015
Selkirk Assessment Data
We keep track in sports listing ranks and declaring “We’re #1!”. Can you hear echos from those Gonzaga fans now? How about our Selkirk wrestlers who took first in Districts as a team this weekend? In basketball last week, our boys finished first in the league and the girls, #2. We have some wonderful programs and student-athletes who are working hard!
In sports, it seems natural to compare ourselves to others and for those of us with a competitive streak, it is fun to win! Even more than a victory indicator, comparison also works as a motivator, pushing us to become stronger than we are. It works as a teaching tool when we learn from those around us who may have better strategies and plans.
For years, Selkirk has applied the same principles to academics; comparing our performance on State tests to districts around our region and state. Why? Well, like in any competition, it feels good when you come out on top; validation for the hard work and strategies used. The chart (at right) compares Selkirk students’ pass rates against State averages and pass rates of regional school districts on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). Our performance is strong!
This is still a relatively new test for us; only the second year with scores. The tests are moving from 9th and 10th grade to an 11th grade assessment. Most of Selkirk’s students had previously passed those exams, so were exempted from the 11th grade ELA (English Langauge Arts) and math SBA tests which is why scores were suppressed or there were lower pass-rates. While the SBA assessment is more difficult than Washington State’s previous tests: WASL or MSP/HSPE, working to meet these new standards will help students develop skills that should serve them throughout their lifetime.
Often schools focus on the disadvantages students grapple with as a reason for not meeting standards. Selkirk’s philosophy for the past 20 years has been that if another district in the state can accomplish this, “Why not us?”. Russell Wilson’s dad might be surprised that a rural, remote school district in Washington was asking that question at the same time he was raising Russell to answer “Why not you?” in his quest for football greatness. We use that phrase to encourage ourselves to continually redefine what we do and move toward stronger programs for students.
Truly, why not Selkirk students? We have creative, smart, hard-working students. It simply takes problem-solving and outside-of-the box thinking on the part of the adults to help address stumbling blocks.
Take a look at those scores above. We have. However, the school staff and students did not do this alone. We thank the many parents and community members who support Selkirk students in so many ways! From parents to community volunteers, from TECK to PUD and SCL, from the Lions’ Club to the Cutter, from the Food Bank to the churches, from the Border Patrol and POC Sheriff’s office to Scoutmasters...all of us, every voter supporting past levies, this is our success together! Thank you!
For more data on Selkirk and all Washington schools visit: reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us
CLICK HERE to view the Selkirk School District "Report Card" for the testing done in the 2015-2016 school year. The link will take you to the OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) website.