2015-16 End-of-Year Results

2015-16 End-of-Year Results

Excel Public Charter School

  • In 2015-16, Excel served higher percentages of students eligible to receive special education services (17 percent), students eligible for free and reduced-price school meals (52 percent*) and English language learners (26 percent) than the state, on average.  Smarter Balanced results for Excel’s sixth graders were on par with the local district’s average score in ELA, and surpassed the local district’s average score in math by 8.8 percent. Excel’s seventh graders surpassed the district’s average score by 7.5 percent in ELA and by 8.4 percent in Math. For both sixth and seventh grades, Excel students outperformed the average scores for the state on both math and ELA assessments.

Green Dot Destiny Middle School

  • On average, Destiny students grew approximately three grade levels in reading last year. This averages includes students who entered mid-year or were not enrolled for a complete year at Destiny.
  • At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, 80% of students at Destiny Middle School were reading below grade level or significantly below grade level. By the end of the first year, the number of students reading at or above grade level has doubled and the number of students reading significantly below grade level (2-5 grade levels) has shrunk by a third.

Rainier Prep

  • At Rainier Prep, 81.8 percent of sixth graders met or exceeded the grade-level achievement standard on the English Language Arts (ELA) assessment, surpassing the average score for their local district by 37.3 percent and for the state by 25.3 percent. On the math assessment, 78.2 percent of Rainier Prep sixth graders met or exceed the grade-level achievement standard and surpassed the average score for their local district by 40.8 percent and for the state by 30.2 percent. Eighty percent of Rainier Prep’s students qualified for free and reduced-price school meals in 2015-16; this is almost double the state average and is 15 percent higher than the percentage for the district in which Rainier Prep is geographically located. Furthermore, 18.5 percent of Rainier Prep’s founding students identified as Transitional Bilingual.


  • Students who arrived in the fall below grade level grew more than 1.5x the national average on both Reading and Math in 2015-16.
  • 80% of special education students grew 2x the national average on both reading and math.

Spokane International Academy

  • At SIA, 80.3 percent of sixth graders met or exceeded the grade-level achievement standard, surpassing the average score for their local district by 25.3 percent and for the state by 23.8 percent in ELA. In math, 72.5 percent of SIA sixth graders met or exceeded the grade-level achievement standard and surpassed the average score for their local district by 27 percent and for the state by 24.5 percent. The percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced-price school meals at SIA is higher than the state average and on par with the school’s local district.

SOAR Academy

  • Students at SOAR Academy benefitted from an extended school day and year, including a full-day kindergarten program, and from an emphasis on the whole child, including arts education, structured play, an emphasis on social-emotional development, and wraparound supports to ensure equal access to all students, including those with differing abilities and linguistic diversity.
  • When compared with grade-level peers, about half of the Kindergartners tested at the beginning of the year scored in the “deficit” range on a nationally-normed assessment of their initial sound fluency (DIBELS). By mid-year, over 97% had graduated into the emerging or established range, evidencing advanced learning.

Summit Public Schools: Olympus

  • Founding ninth grade students more than doubled the national average for growth in reading, and more than tripled the average for growth in math, putting Olympus in the top third of schools in the nation in terms of math growth, according to the nationally normed Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment.

Summit Public Schools: Sierra

  • Sierra’s founding ninth grade students outperformed the national average by 20 percent in reading and more than doubled the national average in math, per the MAP assessment.


2015-16 Mid-Year Results

2015-16 Mid-Year Results

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