September 5, Dear Families, Welcome to the — academic year! Our teachers and staff are so excited and looking forward to a great year filled with rich learning experiences for your child. Our focus is on providing each child with new challenges that will result in a rewarding school experience. Some things that you can do include:
Controversy[ edit ] Many parent and teacher groups have protested against the WASL, claiming unreasonable expectations while also disputing the requirement that students with severe learning disabilities must take the test. Despite these warnings, recent legislation in Washington State has designated the WASL examinations for these purposes.
The president of the Washington Education Association teachers' union pointed to the very high failure rate as being unacceptable, and a reason to drop the WASL requirement for graduation.
Among the problematic components of the test were the structure, phrasing, and content of its math and writing sections. These sections were not designed with a complete understanding of the intellectual abilities and school wide writing assessment levels of students.
The investigation concluded that the best method to ensure the fulfillment of Terry Bergeson's pledge that all students have the opportunity to earn a diploma was to correct the flaws within the WASL.
High minority failure rates[ edit ] Compared to the half of most students, nearly three-quarters of the state's African American and Latino students who took the 10th-grade WASL failed at least one of the subjects needed to graduate.
Two-thirds of Native Americans were not on-track to earning a diploma, and 70 percent of students living in poverty, mostly white and Asian. Bergeson's goal is to make Washington the first state to eliminate the achievement gap found between ethnic and income groups. Students in the Class of will still have to only pass the reading and writing sections.
On March 26,Gregoire effectively tossed out the math section of the 10th-grade WASL, largely due to low pass rates and debate over its long list of problems, to be replaced by math tests at the end of classes.
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The math WASL will count as a graduation requirement in and then be replaced in by end-of-course exams. The math end-of-course exams will be administered after Algebra and Geometry, and will be taken at the completion of the course.
This means that some students may achieve their math graduation requirements prior to even entering high school, which may help ease the stress of taking the WASL for the remaining subjects during their 9th or 10th grade year.
Starting instudents will no longer have to take the WASL. Washington Classroom-Based Performance Assessment WCBPA [ edit ] In order to address concerns that only math, science, reading and writing will be assessed, classroom based assessments in many fields have been created and piloted by actual students through an OSPI project focused on student voice and authentic assessment.
They may use solfegescale numbers, or fingering without an instrument. Songs must be sung with a steady beat, correct pitch and correct rhythmic value.
A 0-point response will result with six or more rhythmic errors or not maintaining a steady beat. Each student will have one minute to study and practice the sight-singing exercise. Then there will be two opportunities to perform while being videotaped.
They are also expected to compose on demand a theme using blank staff paper, and perform it on an instrument. In dance,  the state expects that all 5th graders can interpret a piece of visual art by creating and performing an original dance.
A jumping jack "X" must be fully extended, a wilted "X" is not acceptable. Ending in a shape must be held for 3 seconds.
Dances must perform in bare feet or appropriate dancing shoes. The student has 20 minutes to create and rehearse their dance, and must describe two ideas, images, or feelings and explain why he or she chose the movement or movement phrase.
Fifth graders are also required that they assess their social studies achievements. The students break into five different groups such as tobacco growers and producers.
This year's prompt was: Should Representative Smith vote for a bill that does not allow smoking in public places. The different groups try to persuade Smith to go their way.An ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities or job functions involving ideas (cognitive skills), things (technical skills), and/or people (interpersonal skills).
See also competence. The mission of Washington Unified School District, THE GATEWAY TO EXTRAORDINARY POSSIBILITIES, is to challenge and support each student to develop effective critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills as a life-long learner acting in an ethical manner to serve a broader community through a community of learners.
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Develop and Implement a Schoolwide Literacy Action Plan their literacy action plan to focus their efforts and guide their work to improve student proficiency in reading and writing. However, school leaders must develop a data-based literacy action plan that they will actively use to guide ongoing decisions about instruction, programming.
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Student Parking In order to ensure safety and security for our students and staff all vehicles on campus must display the appropriate parking decal.