Update at 3:30 p.m.: For a fuller story, see the Associated Press coverage here.
Original post: Results from this year’s state tests showed ups and downs, in the last year that most students will take them, the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reported Wednesday.
Next year, the state will switch to a set of exams called Smarter Balanced, which are tied to the new Common Core learning standards. Most states have agreed to use the Common Core, replacing a system in which each state has its own learning goals for each grade and subject.
As expected, the superintendent’s office also reported that the vast majority of Washington schools did not make the kind of progress required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Washington, along with many other states, has had a waiver from many parts of that law for several years, but lost it earlier this year after state legislators refused to require that student scores on state tests play a role in teacher evaluations.
That meant that Washington schools now have to again follow all the No Child requirements. By 2014, that law called for all students passing state reading and math tests, or schools would be judged as failing.