WCSD performance rates


Updated 12/3/18

In 2015, following adoption of new Nevada Academic Content Standards (including common core state standards), the Washoe County School District began assessing students in grades 3-8 using the Smarter Balanced assessment—criterion referenced, computer-based tests that measure student knowledge  of Nevada’s English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics standards.

A scale score is the student’s overall numerical score on a continuous scale (from approximately 2000-3000) that increases across grade levels, used to illustrate students’ current level of achievement and their growth over time. When combined together across a student population, scale scores can also describe school- and district-level changes in performance, as well as reveal gaps in achievement among different groups of students.

Based on their scale scores, students fall into one of 4 categories of performance called achievement levels defined by specifications for what knowledge and skills students display at each level:

  • Level 4 = The student has exceeded the achievement standard and demonstrates advanced progress toward mastery of the knowledge and skills needed for likely success in future coursework.
  • Level 3 = The student has met the achievement standard and demonstrates progress toward mastery of the knowledge and skills needed for likely success in future coursework.
  • Level 2 = The student has nearly met the achievement standard and may require further development to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed for likely success in future coursework.
  • Level 1 = The student has not met the achievement standard and needs substantial improvement to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed for likely success in future coursework.

Notes:

  • Grade 6 performance shown as an average of elementary and secondary schools

Research shows the connection between early language and math skills and positive quality of life outcomes later in life (e.g., successful careers, good health and positive behaviors). Nevada recognizes that investing resources in the area of childhood reading will lead to future student success.

Parents, however, also play a role in their child’s knowledge, skills, motivation and academic success.  Access to early education and student engagement are also factors.

Notes:

  • Substantive changes made to the reading content and rigor assessment beginning 2011 and should not be compared with prior years
  • The Pathway to College and Highly-skilled Career Readiness targets were established by WCSD in 2010
  • WCSD switched to Smarter Balanced assessments starting spring 2015; earlier data not comparable

Source:

Washoe County School District, Accountability Reports;

Washoe K-16 Data Profiles, prepared by The Education Alliance of Washoe County

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