I often get questions about how we measure our students, staff and schools. “How are our kids doing in Bellingham Public Schools?” “How do you determine a school’s success?”
To answer these questions, folks often go right to state test scores as the most important indicator of how successful a school is. While standardized tests do offer value, I believe much of our country is overly-focused on state test scores. Standardized assessments are only one measurement of a student, a school and a system’s success. But there is a much bigger picture.