As usual, results on standardized and end-of-course exams throughout East County school districts are extremely varied, with improvements shown in a majority of areas over last year, according to data released last month.
The results looked at scores from standardized testing in grades 3-8 and 10. Grades 3-8 were tested in math and reading, but only fourth and seventh looked at writing scores. Tenth-graders were assessed in reading and writing.
Some bright areas in the results include almost improvement in 3rd grade reading levels in Elma and McCleary, which are often used as a predictor of high school graduation rates.
In Montesano, reading scores were down slightly, except at the sixth- and 10th-grade levels. Math scores were up at the third-, sixth- and seventh-grade levels, while up significantly for fourth grade. Math scores were down for fifth grade and down slightly for eighth-graders.
Writing scores were down slightly for Montesano fourth-graders, level for seventh grade and up slightly in eighth grade compared to the year before. In science, scores were down from the previous year for fifth-graders and up for seventh-graders.
In Elma, reading results were a mixed bag.
Scores were up slightly in third, sixth and seventh grades; down slightly in fourth, fifth and 10th grades and down by a larger margin in eighth grade.
Math was much better for Elma, up at every grade level measured except sixth grade, where scores dipped slightly.
Writing scores were also mixed — down significantly in fourth grade, up significantly in seventh and a small dip at the 10th-grade level.
In science, scores were down in both fifth- and eighth-grade testing.
Math and biology scores were both up at the high school levels.
The McCleary District got good news in reading scores with increases at every grade level tested with the exception of fourth grade. Scores were up significantly at the sixth-grade level.
Math scores were up significantly in third and fifth grades and also up a bit in fifth grade. But scores were down in fourth and eight grade and down significantly in seventh grade.
In writing, scores were down in fourth grade and up in seventh, while science testing saw improvement at both the fifth- and eighth-grade levels.