Walla Walla area schools gain in state tests

Students are performing better than the state as a whole in several subjects.

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Local students continue to make academic gains in the state assessment exams taken this spring, according to results released today by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Walla Walla Public Schools high school students are on track to meeting graduation requirements tied to the state's High School Proficiency Exams and end-of-course exams in math and science.

Data show 84 percent of Walla Walla 10th graders -- the class of 2014 -- are meeting or exceeding standards in reading and 88.6 percent in writing. About 75 percent of students in all grades passed the end-of-course exam in algebra, or first-year math, as well as geometry, or second-year math. The results include results from middle-school students taking high school level math.

In College Place Public Schools, nearly 94 percent of students who took the algebra end-of-course exam in middle school met the standard.

End-of-course results for the biology exam, given for the first time this spring, are also positive, with 69 percent of all student passing. The biology end-of-course exam will be a graduation requirement starting with the class of 2015, which will take the exam in the spring.

In the Measurements of Student Progess exams, given in third through eighth grades, most students made gains from past years in reading, writing and math.

Fifth-graders in Walla Walla Public Schools excelled in the science exam, which is given in the fifth and eighth grades and then in high school as the end-of-course test.

Almost 69 percent of fifth-graders passed the science assessment, surpassing the state average of 66 percent.

For state results, visit OSPI online at www.k12.wa.us and click on the State Report Card link. Check Sunday's paper and union-bulletin.com for more coverage.

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