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Student achievement comes to Lyle


September 20, 2017

According to the recently released results of last spring’s Washington state assessments, Lyle School students continue to make gains and, in some categories, are exceeding the state average on these challenging assessments. In contrast, the nation and state’s test scores averages are little-changed over the previous year.

Perhaps the most encouraging results were produced by Lyle’s fifth through seventh grade classes, who made substantial improvements in both math and English Language arts, as did third grade students in math. In addition, fifth-grade proficiency in science increased by 18 points and is nearly equal to that of the state. Overall, Lyle’s third through fifth grades increased their level of proficiency on the state test by 20 percentile points, going from 43 percent to 63 percent proficient.

These improvements are the cumulative result of work taking place at the school from the very earliest grade levels. The addition of pre-Kindergarten at Lyle School will further develop the foundational skills and knowledge among our youngest students that teachers at subsequent grade levels can build on, Kelly notes.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to extend our appreciation to staff for their contributions in supporting and enriching the education of our students,” Tria Bullard, Lyle’s Board of Education President, says. “We are thrilled with the progress that we continue to make as a district. As the mother of three students in Lyle, I am excited about the growth in student achievement and the possibilities that the future hold.”

“The growth we are experiencing in the middle grades is an affirmation in the skills and talents of our educators and the abilities of our kids,” Superintendent Andrew Kelly stated. At the same time, he cautioned against reading too much into the scores: “A single test score doesn’t necessarily show mastery of a subject.”

The implementation of a new assessment system that will be used throughout the school year in Lyle will give teachers a clearer picture of each student’s specific strengths and weaknesses and allow the instructional team to focus additional attention where it will do the most good.


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