WUSD schools met the goal of Board President David Westin to achieve a 20-point increase in API scores overall this year. In fact, scores at the district went up 28 points.
The gain makes for a 48-point increase in API scores districtwide over two years.
Westmore Oaks this year joined Bridgeway Island and Southport elementary schools in achieving the 800-point status with this year's round of testing.
Said Westin in a WUSD press release:
"The Washington Unified School District's sustained API achievement reflects our 'whole child' approach -- focusing on the student's academic, emotional and social needs -- along with quality teaching that is driven by students' learning needs and determination to make learning applicable to continued success, long after they graduate from our schools. This is another clear indication that our district has already gone to the next level."
Added Dayton Gilleland, WUSD superintendent, in the same press release:
"Gains are no longer isolated to a few schools or socioeconomic groups. We are now seeing more consistent growth throughout the district. . . Beyond test scores, on any given day, if you walk into a classroom, you will see engaged students who are excited and ready to learn."
The district reported that almost every school saw at least a 10-point increase in API scores this year.
The exception was Yolo High, the district's alternative high school, whose scores dropped from 406 points to 389.
(This article will be updated and expanded for our September 7 print edition.)