Student Growth Data
One of our district’s Strategic Plan goals is Continuous Growth – All Students, All Subjects. One of the outcomes we are working towards in this goal is to have an “increased growth rate of underperforming groups eliminating achievement and opportunity gaps.”
For this reason, in one of our previous online documents from 2019, titled “Monitoring Student Growth,” we evaluated the achievement data by “Students of Color” and “Students of Poverty.” In the document we grouped White and Asian students together and Students of Color in another category. While our intent was never to ignore Asian students as “students of color” or ignore any systemic disadvantages they too have faced, we realize our category choices caused pain and had racist implications.
After the report resurfaced in social media, we received an overwhelming public response. We appreciated the thougtful and honest feedback we received from students, parents and community members, and commit to change how we look at achievement data in the future. We apologize for the negative impact and hurt our actions caused and have since removed the dated monitoring report from our website. The document from 2019 is the only place where we grouped White and Asian students together. All of our Policy Governance reports to the School Board, including student achievement and growth data, can be seen here.
Our Equity work remains a priority for our district, including our School Board's Equity Resolution. We feel it is important to continue the practice of disaggregating data, so we make equity-based decisions and will ensure that our practices moving forward are more culturally responsive. For all of our Strategic Plan data, we monitor performance by student groups including the federally-defined race and ethnicity categories as well as other student characteristics such as low-income, disabilities, and English learner status. All of our Policy Governance reports to the School Board, including student achievement and growth data, can be seen here.
We welcome additional feedback and ideas for our district moving forward in this very urgent work. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSPI Diversity Report
To view disaggregated data by student demographics, including race and gender, visit the OSPI report card website. Type in North Thurston Public Schools. Click Go, then Diversity Report where you can then view a variety of data by student demographics.