Standardized test scores improve throughout Latah County

Now here’s great reason to celebrate: 29.5% of the students are proficient in math and English! 

Can you imagine if any school other than a government-run monopoly had these kinds of abysmal success rates with the costs of $11,000+ per student per year? No parent would pay for that. Yet this is what we’re stuck with. 

For half that amount, you could get a top-notch private education. 

Schools in Latah County showed improvement in standardized test scores in both English language arts and math, according to data released by the Idaho Department of Education on Friday.

The Moscow School District made steady gains in both subjects in standardized tests that broke the students down into four categories: advanced, proficient, basic and below basic. After having 29.3 percent of students test as advanced and 33.9 percent test as proficient in the 2014-15 school year in ELA, those numbers jumped to 31.5 percent advanced and 36.6 percent proficient during the 2015-16 year. Similar gains were seen in math, as the percentages climbed from 25.6 percent advanced and 26.3 percent proficient to 26.9 percent advanced and 29.5 percent proficient. In addition, the number of students who tested below basic dropped from 20.8 percent to 16.6 percent.

“We’ve been hitting these kids with different tests, more math for the last two years,” Moscow superintendent Greg Bailey said. “We’re finally getting some results that we can start looking at more clearly and these tests are also geared toward the new standards.”


There were also small improvements in science testing results, as the percent of advanced students jumped from 38.7 to 39.6, and the percent of below basic students dropped from 12.4 to 11.6.

By far the biggest jump came in the Potlatch School District, which saw the percent of science students who tested advanced increase from 16.1 to 24.4, and the percent who tested proficient jump from 18.6 percent to 42.4. As a result, the below basic numbers dropped from 36.4 percent in 2014-15 to just 14.1 percent last year. However, 40.7 of PSD students still tested below basic in math.

The Troy School District saw a big drop in the percent of below basic students in ELA, from 23.9 in 2014-15 to just 10.3 percent this past year. The district also had a jump in advanced (16.2 percent to 28.7) and proficient (32.4 percent to 41.2) students.

“In all aspects of it we’ve seen growth from individual children individual groups and overall as a district,” Troy Superintendent Christy Castro said. “So we’re pretty happy about the results regarding the growth that we made.”

The Genesee School District saw percent of advanced ELA students jump from 22.5 percent to 27.1 last year, and the proficient students rise from 41.6 percent to 44.1. Math had similar growth, as the advanced percentages rose from 16.8 to 21.8, and proficient increase from 27.7 to 33.5.

Via the Moscow-Pullman Daily News