The Edmonds School District has some work to do | Editor's Note

By Brian Soergel | Sep 21, 2018

Last week, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released test results from the Smarter Balanced Assessments, taken in English and math by students in third-through-eighth-grades and by high school students.

Students in the Edmonds School District scored a bit higher than the state average. But Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal admitted overall results were mixed.

“We’re seeing growth in nearly every student group on ELA, and we’re pleased with that,” he said. “The math results, though, are a bit flatter, and we know there is more work to be done.”

The percentage of students in the ESD meeting the general standard in math and English in grades up to eight were in the low 50s to mid-60 percent range.

Results from juniors and seniors weren’t available, but showed that 74 percent of sophomores met the general standard in English. But a minority, 47 percent, met math standards.

The tests are based on Washington’s learning standards, adopted in 2011. They are based on the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by Washington state in 2013.

Analysis by OSPI showed gains by some groups of students, such as those receiving special education services and those experiencing poverty.

“We can see that gaps are closing for many student groups, but the size of the gaps will make it a long process,” Reykdal said.

“But I want to be clear that students are more than a single test score, and our School Improvement Framework includes measures that go beyond test scores. Our focus is on all aspects of student learning, with an emphasis on growth.”

Yes, there are many factors involved in a student’s success. That's not a surprise. An unstable home and lack of parental support are two big factors.

However, the Edmonds School District could and should do better.

The Edmonds Education Association and the Edmonds School District new teachers’ salary contract brings starting pay for first-year teachers with a bachelor’s degree and no experience to $62,688.

Top pay for teachers with a master’s degree and at least 14 years of experience and 90 additional credits caps at $114,272.

As the Beacon has reported, teachers’ unions statewide pointed to the Edmonds School District’s new salary structure when going to the table for their own raises.

Teachers, rightly so, have complained for years that their salaries were too low for the work they put into educating our kids. But now?

Amazon and Facebook are options for those who really want to bring in a healthy paycheck.

But those who teach should want to teach. Not for the money, although it’s there now. And, as the tests show, there’s plenty of work to be done.

 

 

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