NASELLE - The results of the just released 2002 Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) indicate that the tested students (4th, 7th, 10th grades) in the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District continue to do well in most areas. That comparison holds up to a comparison with schools in the entire state as well as with ten school districts in the circulation area of The Daily News of Longview as reported in the Sept. 10 edition of that paper.

The test was again administered last spring to the 4th, 7th, and 10th grade students in the areas of mathematics, reading, writing, and listening. The results are reported as the percentage of students who met or surpassed WASL standards.

The complete comparisons of WASL scores for each school district in Washington are available at

The NGRV students exceed the statewide results in all of the twelve reported areas of measurement. They are very high in several areas, including 4th grade reading, 7th grade writing, and all three grades listening. Areas where results are somewhat lower are 7th and 10th math and 4th and 10th writing. However, even these scores exceed the statewide results, which also are low in these areas.

If one goes on just these test scores alone, it could be inferred that the local students and students statewide are good listeners, as a high percentage of students met the standards in this area at all three grade levels. The WASL results also indicate that mathematics is a low area statewide and is also the lowest overall area for NGRV students.

The NGRV students posted the highest scores in ten of the twelve district-wide test scores reported for students in ten local school districts as summarized in The Daily News report on the area's schools. In the two areas where they did not earn the highest scores, the NGRV students were second in tenth grade writing and third in tenth grade listening.

NGRV School Superintendent Gerald Schmidtke said, "Outstanding! The kids did great, didn't they? The credit has to go to the kids and to the faculty who have been doing a fantastic job in getting the kids ready to meet this requirement.

"We hope to make even more improvement in the years to come and we are working on making some more curriculum changes - in math, for example. We have already taken some big steps in making some improvements, and making improvements is among the reasons for using the test.

"We are elated this year, but we have to look ahead to next year, and the years after. The tests give us a picture of where the kids are performing at the time and that changes every year," Schmidtke concluded.

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