9th/10th Grade Progress >> Writing by District

In half of King County districts, more than 90% of 10th graders met 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. 

Washington State’s High School Proficiency Exams (HSPEs) measure basic reading and writing skills.  To graduate in 2013, students must pass these exams plus end-of-course (EOC) exams in math; starting in 2015, graduates will also have to pass an EOC exam in biology.   NOTE: King County has 19 school districts, but data on the smallest district, Skykomish, were omitted because the number of 10th graders was <5.

85.4% of Washington State 10th graders met writing standards. In King County, the results for writing proficiency paralleled those for reading.

  • South Region schools anchored both the top (Tahoma) and bottom (Tukwila) of the distribution of students meeting state writing standards. 
  • 8 districts (Seattle plus 7 South Region districts) had both the lowest proportion of students meeting reading standards and the lowest proportion meeting writing standards.  They were Tukwila, Highline, Federal Way, Renton, Seattle, Kent, Auburn, and Enumclaw.
  • In half of King County school districts, more than 90% of students met writing standards.