District celebrates gains in academic achievement

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:15am
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Year-over-year proficiency in assessments meeting or exceeding state performance

The Five Star community has much to celebrate with the recent release of achievement and growth scores on a variety of student assessments. Performance on statewide assessments in English language arts and math; along with results on the PSAT and SAT exams demonstrate gains at all levels — elementary through high school.

Literacy proficiency continues to rise

This marks the fourth year of the CMAS statewide assessments in English language arts (ELA). The percentage of students meeting and exceeding expectations in ELA increased in five of six grade levels from 2017 to 2018. Additionally, the district’s overall growth in performance outpaced the state in all grade levels.

The Five Star District saw significant improvement in four “cohorts” or “groups” of students from 2016 to 2018 (e.g. third-graders in 2016 to fifth-graders in 2018).

Student “cohort” achievement progress from 2016 to 2018 in ELA

2016
(percent met and exceeded)

2018
(percent met and exceeded)

2016-2018
percent change

Third-graders: 33.3 percent

Fifth-graders: 47.4 percent

Increase of 14.1 percent

Fourth-graders: 41.8 percent

Sixth-graders: 42.1 percent

Increase of 0.3 percent

Fifth-graders: 39 percent

Seventh-graders: 47.6 percent

Increase of 8.6 percent

Sixth-graders: 32.8 percent

Eighth-graders: 44.3 percent

Increase of 11.5 percent

Over three years, the growing percentage of students meeting and exceeding state expectations in ELA represents significant ongoing progress.

For math, the percentage of students in all grade level “cohorts” from 2016 to 2018 meeting and exceeding achievement expectations surpassed the state.

Growth remains strong on CMAS ELA and math assessments

The Five Star District celebrates continued academic growth with performance on statewide CMAS assessments in ELA and math meeting or exceeding the state’s performance in 54 of 57 categories. The 57 categories represent subgroups within the district, i.e. grade level, English Language Learners, eligibility for free and reduced lunch, gender, minority, etc.  

The state’s median growth percentile (MGP) for ELA and math is the 50 percentile for all grade levels. The district exceeded the state’s median growth in all grade levels in ELA and all but one in math.

Growth metrics provide another view of the performance of a school, district or group of students. While achievement is focused on the performance at a point in time, growth provides an indication of what happens in between the assessments. Looking at both achievement and growth results provides a more in-depth picture of performance.  

PSAT/SAT Growth

The 2018 data represents the second year of the SAT for 11th-graders and the first year of the PSAT for ninth- and 10th-graders. The district met or exceeded the state in 36 of 46 categories. The 46 categories represent subgroups within the district, i.e. grade level, English Language Learners, eligibility for free and reduced lunch, gender, minority, etc.    

Data from 2017 only represented 11th-graders, while 2018 data included ninth- through 11th-graders.

Learn more about the role of assessments in supporting student success.