Wapato HS Celebrates Significant Gains in State Test Scores

All the noise associated with the construction of a new Wapato High School did not distract students from learning last year.  Scores for the State HSPE (High School Proficiency Exam) were recently released and Wapato High School 10th Graders showed exceptional gains.  The HSPE assesses students in the areas of Math, Science, Reading and Writing.  The scores showed double digit gains in three of the four areas.   The Math score rose nearly 30-percent over last year. High School Principal Eric Diener attributes the increases to focused work by teachers during their weekly PLC (Professional Learning Communities), extra help for students that has been built into the school day and State released practice items.

Junior Shawnita Matta passed every section of last year’s exam.  She says something else that helps her succeed is her family support.  She says her Mom, Grandparents and extended family have all had an influence on her academic achievements.  Shawnita says she also loves to read and write.  She says reading helps her escape into other worlds and writing helps her express her feelings.

Mr. Diener is excited about the gains but says there is plenty of work left to do.  He says the goal is to raise all the scores to 90-percent or higher.

The increases in 2013 10th Grade scores over 2012 are listed below:

Reading up 12.5% to 74.7%

Science up 19% to 42%

Math up 28.9% to 68.7%

Writing up 0.9% to 77.6%