Spring test scores show first ‘typical’ statewide test since before pandemic

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New test score data shows Washington students were proficient or made progress this spring. 

A release from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instructure says the spring 2022 state assessments show the first “typical” statewide test since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

OSPI called the data a “promising first look at pandemic recovery and acceleration.” 

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The tests are intended to gauge a student’s performance relative to grade-level learning goals in math, English language arts and science. Last spring, students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 were tested in math and English language arts. Fifth, 8th and 11th graders were tested in science. 

“These data are encouraging,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “There is no question that COVID-19 significantly impacted the learning environment. The disruptions of remote learning, quarantine and isolation, and transitioning back in person after periods of learning remotely are evident in the decrease in proficiency from spring 2019 to spring 2022. However, the incredible work of our educators and families to support students is evident in the recovery we are seeing across grade levels and subjects.” 

OSPI says that while the spring 2022 scores indicate progress, opportunity gaps continue to persist. Some student groups disproportionately experienced a lack of progress. Those groups included students who are identified as low-income, have disabilities, who are multilingual/English learners, as well as students who are American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. 

Individual test score information will be available to families through their child’s school.

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