Highline School District Scores Improve in Every Grade on State Math Exams


The Highline School District announced Wednesday (Aug. 29) that its schools made significant progress on state standardized tests in 2012, especially on math exams, where scores are up across the board.

“These scores represent the hard work and dedication of our staff and students. I am very proud of them,” says Superintendent Susan Enfield. “We won’t be satisfied, however, until all our students meet or exceed standard. We will be involving staff, families, and community partners in a district-wide conversation about how we can ensure that every student is truly on a path to success.”

In Math, scores are up in every grade tested at elementary school, middle school and high school levels. Results increased dramatically in several grades, including third grade (+8) and eighth grade (+13)

In Science, test results improved at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Scores jumped13 points at fifth grade.

In Writing, scores increased in every grade level in which writing is assessed. They went up by five points in fourth grade and tenth grade.

Principal Jenni MacDonald at Health Sciences and Human Services High School (HS3) (on the Evergreen campus in White Center) credits high expectations for all students, a focus on reading and writing in all classes, and Saturday school for double-digit increases in scores.

HS3 State Test Score Improvement:

  • Reading: +9
  • Writing: +22
  • Algebra: +15
  • Geometry: +14

Several schools saw significant gains in all subject areas. At Des Moines Elementary, Principal Jenniffer Reinig says closely monitoring students’ progress, embracing the district’s new math curriculum, and teaching to state standards led to improvements.

Des Moines Elementary State Test Score Improvement:

  • Reading: +7
  • Writing: +19
  • Math: +10
  • Science: +22

Chinook Middle School, a school previously identified as low performing, made significant progress by giving students multiple opportunities to learn, among other strategies, according to Principal Mark Demick.

Chinook Middle School State Test Score Improvement:

  • Reading: +7
  • Writing: +5
  • Math: +17
  • Science: +16

This fall, the district will begin a major strategic planning process that will set specific goals and metrics for improvement over the next five years. There will be multiple opportunities for public input on the strategic plan. Information about community meetings and other opportunities to participate will be announced in September.


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