Concerning previous Student Growth report
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 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.
Upon reflection and response by members of the Asian-American community, we will change how we look at achievement data and appreciate the feedback we received. We apologize for the negative impact we have caused and removed the monitoring report from our website.
We feel it is important to continue the practice of disaggregating data, so we make equity-based decisions. It shows that currently our Asian and White students are showing continuous growth while our system is not meeting the instructional needs of our Black, Indigenous, Multi-racial, Pacific Islander and Latinx students. The intent was never to ignore Asian students as “students of color” or ignore any systemic disadvantages they too have faced. We continue to learn and grow in our work with equity as a public-school system and we will ensure that we learn from this and do better in the future.
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.