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Auburn School District 2013 state test scores outperform state average, continue to increase across grade levels

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Auburn's top marks pleased Superintendent Kip Herren. “This is breakthrough academic achievement,” he said. “Our assessment scores continue to increase across grade levels.”
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Auburn students continue to significantly outscore the state on 2013 measurements of student progress, high school proficiency exams and end-of-course assessments, according to results released by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Auburn schools achieved increases in reading and literacy across grade levels, which includes testing in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10. Scores not only improved over last year but also soared above the state average – in some cases by more than 25 percent.

"This is breakthrough academic achievement," said Auburn School District Superintendent Kip Herren. "Our assessment scores continue to increase across grade levels."

Additionally, students in English Language Learner (ELL) and special education programs outperformed the state average by double digits in reading and mathematics, making significant improvement over last year. In fact, state test scores in these special populations reveal some of the highest scores in district history.

Here are some examples of the continuous improvement across grade levels.

Elementary school:

• Third grade ELL reading scores increased 20 percent over last year

• Fifth grade reading scores were the highest in district history with 78.9 percent meeting standard

• Third, fourth and fifth grade math scores increased over last year

• Fifth grade science scores increased 5.9 percent over last year

• Third, fourth and fifth grade special education reading scores are 14-22 percent above the state average an are amongst the highest in district history

• Third, fourth and fifth grade ELL reading scores are 16-23 above the state average and are some of the highest in district history

Middle school:

• Seventh grade reading scores increased over last year and 16.2% in two years

• Eighth grade reading scores increased 4.3 percent over last year

• Seventh grade ELL reading scores increased 11 percent over last year

High school:

• 10th grade reading scores increased over last year and were the highest in district history

• 10th grade EOC math 1 scores increased 10.1 percent over last year

• 10th grade EOC biology scores increased 15.6 percent over last year

The district continues to improve student learning and close achievement gaps. In fact, Auburn schools are in the top 15 percent of highest performing schools in the state. Over the last three years, 13 schools won a total of 38 state and national awards including the prestigious Washington State Achievement Awards and the National Title I Academic Achievement Awards.

The new 2013-2016 Strategic Plan will build upon this success and continue to improve student learning, close achievement gaps, and provide world-class academic success for every student in grades K-12.

Read more about the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan on the district website.

State assessment scores for all Auburn schools are now available on the OSPI report card.

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