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State Board of Education Determines Cut Scores for Grades 3-8 Math Assessment

Release Date: 

August 10, 2010

OLYMPIA, Wash. – At its August 10 meeting, the Washington State Board of Education will set "basic” and "proficient” cut scores for the new statewide mathematics assessment, the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP). Scores from the MSP will be released to the public on August 31.

The benchmark MSP cut scores adopted by the State Board of Education have significance beyond the individual students and their families. MSP scores are a significant factor in measuring a school’s overall performance, resulting in potential statewide recognition for success and targeted statewide resources for schools that are persistently lowest achieving.

The mathematics test, given this spring to elementary and middle school students across the state, replaces the previously used Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL).

The meeting agenda and materials are now available at:

Time for public comment will be provided. The public and news media are invited to attend.


Contact: Aaron Wyatt, Communications Manager

About the State Board of Education: The State Board of Education provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education. The board is comprised of 16 members: five are elected by school board directors, seven are appointed by the Governor, two serve as student representatives, and one serves as a private school representative. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also a member.

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Media Contact: 

Alissa Muller, SBE Communications Manager, (360) 725-6501