By Stuart Jenner
Mount View Elementary School was profiled in the Highline School Board meeting on December 7, 2022.
The presentation does not include information on academic outcomes. So, we looked at the Washington State Report Card website. Here’s the source data for Mount View.
The results show very low levels of academic achievement. In some cases, the most recent data available is from the 2021-22 school year, but other data is from the 2018-19 school year when the school had sixth-grade students.
Mount View is a dual language school. Along with other claims, proponents of dual language assert that scores get better when children are older. Meeting the standard means getting a 3 or 4 on the SBAC test. For the English Language, just 20% of fifth-grade students are at standard. The numbers are below 30% for the third and fourth grades.
The results are even lower for math, which in the dual language schools is taught entirely in Spanish (or Vietnamese at one school). Just six percent of fifth graders are at the standard level.
One can assert “covid had an impact.” Yes, it undoubtedly did, but what is the school doing about it? Covid recovery in relation to academics was not mentioned in the presentation to the board.
The breakout of Assessment results shows an even worse situation. Nearly half of the entire student body is at level one, the lowest of the four quadrants.
The Hispanic/ Latino community (the largest ethnic group at the school) has results even lower than the school’s low overall averages.
This shows student trends pre-Covid. It is hard to distinguish which students are included in dual language here and which are not. But as shown in the following image, this data includes 6th graders, who had much better English scores than 5th-grade and below in the 18-19 school year.
Mount View is lower than the district as a whole: 4th ELA is 41, compared to 46 for the district. 5th-grade math is 30.5 compared to 46.5. Again, this is pre-Covid data.
In a future story, we will provide more context and comparisons of schools to state and district numbers. State report card data is available here.