Cascade School District continues to work hard to improve our Smarter Balanced Test scores. The Smarter Balanced Test is based on the state's common core standards; which are far more rigorous learning standards for all our students than ever before. The goal of more rigorous standards and a more difficult test is to have your student even better prepared to enter college, the military, or the workforce.
Depending on the grade level, our students have done reasonably well on these tests. The Smarter Balanced Tests focus on English/Language Arts and mathematics at grades 3, 5, 7, 8 and 11. Our students also take the state OAKS Science Test at grades 5, 8 and 11. As a district we are always looking for ways to improve our scores and we will continue to work on those strategies as we prepare to take this year's tests in the spring.
Our focus is not just state school testing. The Cascade School Board and I have worked on goals that strike a balance between three important ideas, all of which have equal importance. The first is to continue to get better at state testing. The second is to focus on student growth so that every student improves every year. The third and final idea is to raise and educate every student to be good, well-rounded citizens. We believe that a balanced approach to testing, individual student growth, good behavior, learning to overcome obstacles that are difficult, and becoming good citizens will make our students successful in life. We will continue to work hard to educate every student that enters our doors. You can help your student by tracking their homework and attending parent/teacher conferences when they come up.
Darin Drill, Superintendent
2015-16 State Report Cards