White River School District is strongly focused on providing the best education possible to prepare our students for successes during their school years and beyond.  The district has approximately 4,000 students served by four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.

White River School District is a great place to learn, work and grow. We offer a wealth of excellent opportunities for students and staff at all levels.  Our goal is to make learning relevant, challenging and fun.  Our highly qualified staff encourage students to become inquisitive, lifelong learners.

Our schools envision an enthusiastic climate for students and adults with high quality, shared staff leadership.  We use state-aligned standards in curriculum, instruction and assessments, establishing and maintaining strong parent and community partnerships, and developing and supporting a quality staff that is positive, professional and collaborative.  Our schools support a learning environment that focuses on success in learning for all students, that implements best practices in the use of technology to meet diverse student learning styles, and provides ongoing professional development and learning for all staff members.


Situated near the Cascade foothills and majestic Mount Rainier, White River is located in the northeast corner of Pierce County, about 50 miles south of Seattle and about 30 miles east of Tacoma.

The City of Buckley, the towns of Wilkeson and South Prairie and a portion of the City of Bonney Lake lie within the district. The area is a combination of suburban and rural, and is located within easy driving distance to both urban amenities and natural beauty and recreational opportunities. 

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Last week marked a truly groundbreaking moment in U.S. education, as 22 states began the Smarter Balanced Field Tests.  In three days, more than 450,000 tests have been completed and more than 525,000 tests have been started.
 
“For more than three years, 3,000 teachers, administrators, content experts, state education leaders, and other key stakeholders have been involved in the development of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. Together, we have created and reviewed more than 21,000 test questions and performance tasks, aligned to the Common Core, that measure the breadth and depth of student knowledge and skills. 

The Field Test is an incredibly complex undertaking, and we expect to learn from this experience. As I’ve said repeatedly, if nothing goes wrong with the Field Test, then we haven’t been successful. “
 
In Washington, 16,181 tests had been started and 14,303 completed by the end of week 1.  The wait times on the help desk have been reduced to an average of 3-4 minutes, and additional staff are coming on this week as the volume of participants is expected to rise.  The consortium and affiliated vendors are being extremely responsive to individual problems and identifying and communicating “trending issues”, of which there have been very few.
 
Thank you to everyone involved in this huge endeavor.  Your professional commitment to improving Washington’s assessment system will improve education.  And that is why we do what we do!

Robin G. Munson, Ph.D.
Asst. Supt., Assessment and Student Information
OSPI – Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction