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WASL test scores in Mabton steadily improving

MABTON - The Mabton 2006-07 WASL results are in, with some slight differences than last year.

"It's like climbing a mountain," said Superintendent Sandra Pasiero-Davis. "Steady forward...we don't see giant leap gains, like jumping on a trampoline."

At the sophomore level, gains were made all the way around. In the reading portion, 68.4 percent of students tested met standard. The year before, 61.7 percent met standard.

For the math portion, 32.1 percent of the sophomores met standard this year, while 20.4 met standard the year before.

In writing, 69.1 percent of sophomores tested met standard for 2006-07, while only 66.7 percent met standard the year before.

A small gain was made in the science portion as well, with 7.9 percent of those sophomores tested meeting standard versus 4.5 percent meeting standard the year prior.

The number of fourth graders passing the reading and math portions of the WASL this past year dropped from the year before.

Test results from 2005-06 show that 65.6 percent of fourth graders met standard in reading, while the most recent results show that only 50 percent met standard.

For the math portion of the WASL, 19.3 percent of Mabton fourth graders met standard. This differs from 2005-06, when 27.4 percent of students met standard.

When it came to writing, percentages remained fairly steady, with 41.3 percent of the fourth graders meeting standard in 2005-06 and 41 percent in 2006-07.

Artz-Fox Elementary School Principal Dawn Weddle said it's important to note that the WASL test measures grade level expectations for individual students, and that it's only one of many tests used by the school throughout the year to measure individual progress.

"The WASL is a snapshot we use to measure progress. It helps focus instruction for individual students the following year," she said.

She said there are classroom based assessments and other tests as well.

"We're constantly working on grade level expectations," she added.

Pasiero-Davis added, "One test tells you how well a (child) did on one day, not how much progress the kids are making."

At the seventh grade level, 45.2 percent of the Mabton students met standard in reading, versus 30 percent of those tested the year before.

For the math portion of the WASL, 20.2 percent of seventh graders met standard during 2006-07 testing, versus 18 percent the year before.

In the writing portion of the WASL, 37.8 percent of seventh graders met standard in the most recent test, while 47.5 percent of students taking the test the year prior met standard.

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