by Polly Keary, Editor
– Monroe Monitor –
In a state in which many school districts struggle to get half their student body to pass state math tests, students in Skykomish sailed over that hurdle.
Every single kid who tested passed in every single subject.
“I’ve never heard of any other school that has done that,” said superintendent Edwina Hargrave. “This is a success for us.”
Granted, the group that took the test at the end of last year was pretty small; the whole school has 40 students and only certain grades test. Still, statistically, their success rate is startlingly high.
And some of the kids not only passed the tests, they aced them.
A score of 400 was required to pass the tests, one student earned a 483, and the lowest got a 429. That put every kid at 10-35 percent above the state average.
Hargrave credits part of that success rate to the fact that the school is so small.
“Small class sizes help kids to be successful,” she said.
The state doesn’t publish the test results of the smallest schools on the state school report card because it would be too easy to figure out which kid earned what.
But Hargrave said she’s going to make sure that students and the community know they have something of which to be proud.
“We’re going to celebrate, let the kids know we are excited for them and the teachers,” she said.