Current Data and Current State
Before learning and well-being can be assessed and progress measured, it’s important to understand what information we already have about student well-being and learning. In this section, you’ll find student learning assessment and social emotional data that reflects how students were doing before and during the pandemic.
Mukilteo School District has approximately 15,000 students enrolled in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Prior to the pandemic, the district student achievement as measured by the Smarter Balanced Assessment data was flat. Attendance rates were high (near 90 percent attendance year over year) and graduation rates were increasing slightly. The overall data for the district showed the opportunity gaps that exist between privileged students and those who are furthest from educational justice. Students who identify as Native, Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, students who are receiving additional services based on income, language proficiency, disabilities and students experiencing homelessness need additional time, support and/or extracurricular activities for academic growth and well-being. The issues apparent in the data have been made worse by the schooling loss related to COVID-19.
Key findings of data review
- Student kindergarten readiness remains flat, with Native American, Latinx, Pacific Islander, students with disabilities, English Learners and students experiencing poverty all lagging behind their peers in all areas of readiness. (Data Source: WaKIDS)
- Preliminary district assessment data this year show that over 50 percent of Black, Latinx, and Native American elementary and middle school students are scoring below the 50th percentile in reading. Multi-Racial and White students are also suffering from the effects of schooling loss in math.
- English Learners in all demographic groups have seen their proficiency rates on the English Language Proficiency Assessment decline between 2019 and 2020.
- Students with disabilities are also disproportionately lacking access to grade level content and curriculum with general education peers.
- Students experiencing homelessness are also experiencing the effects of COVID schooling loss.
- Pacific Islander students are the least likely to be on track to graduate at the end of 9th grade. Latinx students, English Learners, students with disabilities and students experiencing poverty are also less likely to be on track than their peers.
- Latinx, Pacific Islander, English Learners and students with disabilities also have the lowest graduation rates. State data reveals that some English Learners and students with disabilities take an additional year to graduate. The five-year graduation rate for students with disabilities is 67 percent.
- Pacific Islander, students with disabilities and students experiencing homelessness have the lowest attendance rates in the district, trailing between 10 and 30 percent behind the district average.
- Students with disabilities and students experiencing homelessness are twice as likely to experience discipline as their peers. Discipline rates across all demographic groups have declined over time, but the racial and special populations gaps persist.
Over the past year, the district has used several methods to gather student and family voices. including online surveys, ThoughtExchange, outreach through and with community partners, empathy interviews, focus groups, work groups, interviews and community forums. Some events focused on well-being related topics while others focused on more general learning feedback. Most recently, district leadership invited students, staff, families and community partners to a weekend community forum to share more deeply what they need and how schools can help with those needs. Interpretation in three languages in addition to English was provided simultaneously.
District leadership uses this performance data and multiple methods of feedback to bring the needs of our students into one picture. Details about the community engagement opportunities are described in the Student and Family Voice section.