Thanks to everyone who came out to the recent State of Education events! Between the two events nearly 800 parents, students, staff, business leaders and community members gathered to learn about the work of Federal Way Public Schools.
At both events, I shared data that gives a clear picture of who we are as a district, our celebrations, and areas we’re continuing to grow and improve. Although state test scores are important, they don’t tell the full story.
Did you know that state test scores include results from students with little or no English who are required to sit and take the Smarter Balanced Assessment test in English? And nearly 1 in 2 FWPS scholars have previously or are currently receiving English Language Learner (ELL) services?
In the 2018-19 school year, more than 2,000 scholars actively learning English took the state assessments in English, passing these tests at a rate of 6%. Once they’ve learned English, our ELL scholars are out-performing native English speakers on state assessments, passing at a rate of 61%.
As you can see, being bilingual is a strength. Our ELL scholars just need time.
Inside this issue, you will see some of our highlights: graduation rate is still on the rise, our graduates’ college and career readiness, the success of our Career and Technical programs, tax savings for our local taxpayers, and more.
It takes all of us to ensure the success of each-and-every student in our schools. As we continue through the 2019-20 school year, I want to encourage you to consider, how will you be the difference for our scholars?