Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Darrell Johnston wrote (letter, 12-22) that his school has a proficiency rating of 79.6 in math for grades one through five. I question his standard of proficiency when his school scores lower on tests that cover state-mandated learning objectives and the failure rate of his students when they reach middle school, where they are required to know basic facts in core subjects.
In my mind, proficiency should be consistent with mastery of concepts where the accuracy rate is over 80 percent or, in terms of a grade, a 2.0 grade-point average or a C or better. His score is below the standard of 80 percent; so, in sense, the school still fails.
I do know that the Tacoma School District allows students to pass with a .050 GPA or a D-.
I think all students should be required to achieve a minimum standard of 80 percent or a C grade for all concepts being taught.