Five Star District celebrates gains in academic achievement

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:15pm
Achievement results graphic with elementary kids in the background

Growth rate exceeds state in both literacy and math

The recent release of academic achievement and growth scores on a variety of student assessments reflect Adams 12 Five Star Schools continued focus on elevating student success in every classroom, every day. Performance on statewide assessments in English language arts (ELA) and math; along with results on the PSAT and SAT exams demonstrate gains at all levels — elementary through high school.

District outpaces state in academic growth on CMAS literacy and math assessments
Five Star District students continue to demonstrate academic growth greater than or equal to their peers across the state with performance on CMAS assessments in ELA and math meeting or exceeding the state’s academic growth in 53 of 56 categories. The 56 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 50th percentile for all grade levels. The district exceeded the state’s median growth percentile in all grade levels in math and all but one in ELA. 

Growth metrics provide another view of the performance of a school, district or group of students. While achievement is focused on 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.  

Proficiency in literacy and math continues to rise
The percentage of students meeting and exceeding expectations in both ELA and math increased in four of six grade levels from 2018 to 2019. Additionally, the district’s overall growth in performance outpaced the state in six grade levels, three in ELA and three in math. 

Student achievement in both ELA and math shows gains in proficiency above the state average in seven of eight “cohorts” or groups of students from 2017 to 2019 (e.g. third-graders in 2017 to fifth-graders in 2019).

2019 Percent Change Met and Exceeded Expectations as Compared to the State

Math

2017 Grade 3 to 2019 Grade 5 1.1 percent above state average
(compared to 0.4 percent below state in 2018)
2017 Grade 4 to 2019 Grade 6 2.5 percent above state average
(compared to 0.8 percent above state in 2018)
2017 Grade 5 to 2019 Grade 7 2.3 percent above state average
(compared to 1.7 percent above state in 2018)
2017 Grade 6 to 2019 Grade 8 3.2 percent above state average
(compared to 3 percent above state in 2018)
ELA
2017 Grade 3 to 2019 Grade 5 0.8 percent above state average
(compared to 0.1 percent below state in 2018)
2017 Grade 4 to 2019 Grade 6 3.7 percent below the state average
(compared to meeting the state in 2018)
2017 Grade 5 to 2019 Grade 7 0.2 percent above state average
(compared to 0.7 percent below state in 2018)
2017 Grade 6 to 2019 Grade 8 0.4 percent above state average
(compared to 1 percent above state in 2018)
For math, the percentage of students in all grade level “cohorts” from 2017 to 2019 meeting and exceeding achievement expectations surpassed the state. For ELA, all but one of the grade level “cohorts” surpassed the state. 
 
Growth in achievement on PSAT 9 outpaces state
The Five Star District’s average total score on the PSAT for ninth grade (PSAT 9), which includes reading/writing and math, increased 6 points from 2018. That compares to an increase of 4 points at the state level. Additionally, the percentage of students meeting the college and career readiness benchmark for both reading/writing and math increased from 2018.
 
For the PSAT in tenth grade (PSAT 10), Five Star District students exceeded the state in the percentage of students meeting the total score college and career readiness benchmark. 
 
Both the district and the state saw declines in the average total score and the percentage of students meeting college and career readiness benchmark for the SAT, which is given in 11th grade.

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