Annual School Report
Newcastle Elementary is committed to embrace and support our diverse school community and families, while also connecting to the greater Newcastle community through inclusive and equitable practices. We foster a Culture of Kindness characterized by respect for each other, high expectations and understanding.
- Build character as caring and responsible citizens.
- Grow as inquisitive, independent and confident learners.
- Acquire problem solving skills and strategies with perseverance and creativity.
- Develop thinking skills and habits applied across content and to real life situations.
To support student growth, our staff designs the school environment and experiences to…
- Integrate peer collaboration and support positive social engagement.
- Guide students as they share the responsibility of their learning.
- Design authentic learning tasks and questions that connect new concepts and skills to the world around them.
- Identify and adjust to each student’s needs to deepen knowledge and thinking skills.
Principal 2021-2022 School Year:
Dr. Tod Wood
2021-2022 School Year
To review the Issaquah School District 2021-2022 budget details and more, please visit the annual district report. The Issaquah School District believes in seeking continual feedback from a broad and diverse range of constituents regarding their experiences with the District and their neighborhood schools. See the Community Polling Study site for more information and survey results.
Data from the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction (OSPI)
State testing is required by Washington State (RCW 28A.230.095) and federal law. The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), enacted in 1965, is the nation’s national education law and shows a longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. On December 10, 2015 President Obama reauthorized ESEA as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These state and federal laws result in elementary students being regularly tested by the State to assess their progress as they move through school. State tests at the elementary level which fulfill the federal Every Student Succeeds Act include the following:
- Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA):
- English Language Arts (ELA) (3-5)
- Math (3-5)
- Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS):
- Science test (5)
- Grades: K-5
- Enrollment: 490
Teacher Experience Data
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all Washington public schools were ordered to close to in-person teaching and learning in March of 2020. In a continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the majority of schools in the Issaquah School District remained in a remote setting at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, with the exception of LRC II students. Staff used various platforms such as Seesaw, ClassLink, Canvas and Office 365 to administer lessons. District laptops and internet hot spots were again distributed to families in need, and free meals were provided throughout the school year to all students.
In February 2021 students in kindergarten and first grade returned to the classroom in a hybrid setting, followed by students in grades 2-5 in March of 2021. In April, middle and high school students returned in a concurrent hybrid learning format. The fall of 2021 welcomed all students back to campuses across the district on the first day of school for the first time in almost two years. COVID-19 safety protocols, such as masking and physical distancing, were still in place, however in following with state guidelines those protocols were slowly pulled back throughout the school year.
Two tests given to elementary school students—The Smarter Balanced Assessment and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science help indicate how well Issaquah students are learning.
Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)
The SBA consists of two parts: a computer adaptive test and a performance task. Writing is included at every grade level and students are asked to solve multi-step, real-world problems in math. Performance tasks ask students to determine an array of research, writing, and problem solving skills. The SBA results describe student achievement (how much students know at the end of the year).
The Grade Level Total ELA and Grade Level Total Math charts on the right-hand side of the page indicate the percent of students in third, fourth, and fifth grade who met or exceeded standard in ELA and Math on the SBA compared to the percent of students who met or exceeded standard in ELA and Math district-wide.
SBA English Language Arts (ELA) scores
SBA Math scores
Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)
The WCAS fulfills the federal requirement that students be tested in Science once at the elementary level. The WCAS measures the level of proficiency students have achieved (what students know and can do) based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The WCAS assesses all three dimensions of the learning standards (Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts). The numbers on the chart represent the percentage of students in grade 5 who met or exceeded standard on the NGSS compared to the percentage of students in grade 5 who met or exceeded standard district-wide.