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Test Scores in Math, Language Arts Remain Stable for Washoe Students

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kunr_aliceelementaryschool_byaa_12-700x466-2154659-3973489Test scores in math and language arts remained stable for students in third through eighth grades in the Washoe County School District, according to recently released results.

Forty-nine percent of Washoe County students were determined to be proficient in language arts on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, compared to 47 percent statewide. In math, 40 percent of Washoe students tested proficient, versus 35 percent statewide.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s website said its tests are taken in 17 states and U.S. territories. Since such tests aren’t given nationwide, no national data is available.

The assessment was designed to measure student performance against increased college pathway standards. Nevada students take the tests each spring. Scores for the 2016-17 school year remained at the same level as the prior year.

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Traci Davis

Washoe County schools Superintendent Traci Davis said the district isn’t satisfied with stagnant improvement and is determined to make more progress.

“These rigorous tests provide a snapshot of student progress for thousands of our students,” Davis said in a statement. “We continue to refine our instruction and the initiatives and resources that directly support our students as they learn and grow. Assessments like these provide us with invaluable data and information that helps guide our efforts. As a district, we want to see our performance improve each year, so there is still a lot of hard work ahead.”

Ben Hayes, school district chief accountability officer, said the results are worthwhile to teachers and administrators.

“Our schools have been going over the results in detail and building plans to continuously improve,” Hayes said in a statement. “This is the second year that we’ve been provided with stable information from this test, so it’s relatively new for our district. At the system level, we are certainly digging down, designing, and improving supports to help our students master the new, more rigorous standards.

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Nevada Report Card: www.nevadareportcard.com

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: http://www.smarterbalanced.org

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Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.

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