Education Archive >> Posted 2013 >> Writing by District (2013)

In all but one of East Region school districts, more than 80% of 4th graders met Washington State writing standards.

Education is widely regarded as the great leveler, an “intervention” that pays off in higher wages and better health. But we know now that timing is crucial. Providing quality education before age 5 creates a powerful domino effect, yielding sustained benefits to individuals and society at large. 

For Washington students in grades 3 through 8, the “Measurements of Student Progress” (MSP) assess proficiency in reading, math, writing (grades 4 & 7 only), and science (grades 5 & 8).  NOTE: King County has 19 school districts, but data on the smallest district, Skykomish, were omitted because the number of 4th graders was <5.

61.4% of 4th graders in Washington State met the writing standard. In King County …

  • Mercer Island had the highest percentage of students meeting standards.
  • South Region districts Highline, Federal Way, Kent, and Tukwila had the lowest percentages of students meeting standards.
  • Students in East Region schools were more likely to meet standards than those in other regions. Of the 6 districts in which more than 80% of students met writing standards, 5 (Mercer Island, Snoqualmie Valley, Issaquah, Bellevue, and Lake Washington) were in East Region.  The 6th (Tahoma) was in South Region.