Overall, Washington students did better on last spring’s state tests than they did in 2015, with a number of districts seeing significant increases in the percentage of students earning a passing grade. See the results for your school and district.

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Overall, Washington students did better on last spring’s state tests than they did in 2015, with a number of districts seeing significant increases in the percentage of students earning a passing grade.  In Seattle, for example, the passage rate increased by 6.7 percentage points in English/language arts tests for eighth grade students.

Some districts and schools, however, saw drops from 2015,  the first year that the state gave the new Smarter Balanced tests.  Those tests are tied to the Common Core learning standards in English/language arts and math.

And more students took the tests this year — especially juniors, who opted out in big numbers in 2015.  This year, many more took the English/language arts part of Smarter Balanced, probably because they need to pass it to graduate.  About half opted out of the math exam, which isn’t yet required for graduation, and were given a zero. That likely drove down the overall math passing rate, state Superintendent Randy Dorn said.

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