Third graders meeting or exceeding reading standards (WASL)

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Definitions: The percentage of third graders meeting or exceeding the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) reading test standards for the school year.

Estimates through 2008-09 refer to WASL test scores. Starting with the 2009-10 school year, the WASL was replaced by the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) state test.  

Data Source: Data for this measure come from the Washington State Office of Superintendant of Public Instruction (OSPI). Data were retrieved on May 1, 2015 from the datafiles "WASL Scores by District" and "WASL Scores by State" (http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/DataDownload.aspx).

Additional data on test scores can be found through The Washington State Education and Research Data Center (ERDC) http://www.erdc.wa.gov/ and the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) http://www.k12.wa.us/DataAdmin/default.aspx.

Footnotes: Data last updated in May 2015 by Washington KIDS COUNT.

The Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) is a test that reflects student knowledge based on the state’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs). The WASL was the state assessment test from 1997 until 2009.  Learn more about the exam here.

The WASL was replaced by the Measurement for Student Progress (MSP) and the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) during the 2009-10 school year.  Learn more about the MSP here.  The methodologies between the exams are different and therefore historical comparisons between them are not recommended.

To learn more about state assessments in Washington state, see the OSPI website here: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/.

County data were created by aggregating district-level results. County totals do not include school districts where fewer than 10 students were tested.