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Parents and community members are vital members of our team. Their support enables us to provide a wide variety of enrichment programs. Thanks for working with us to make every student’s success our top priority.


The Challenger community will create a positive, friendly, respectful learning environment where staff and all students feel safe, are willing and encouraged to take risks, and individual learning styles are recognized and nurtured.

Principal 2021-2022 School Year:

Jennifer Kessler

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Front of Challenger Elementary School

2022-23 School Year

To review the Issaquah School District 2022-2023 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 Reports and Surveys Website 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)

Demographic Data

  • Grades: K-5
  • Enrollment: 424

Teacher Experience Data


State Testing

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.