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School system officials highlighted Thursday how breaking down the recenty CRCT scores can help schools identify areas of improvement.


“Whenever we talk about our data, it’s the story of our system, but also the story of our schools. It’s our teachers, and, even more importantly, it’s our kids,” said JoBeth Lanier, who presented the CRCT data Thursday to the Board of Education. “… Every number is a child.”


The information is distributed to schools, which will further study it to better identify areas that need more work in order to target teaching toward students.


“This is just surface data,” noted Karen Cagle, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and professional learning. “As JoBeth said, behind all of these numbers there are kids. There are teachers, students and schools, and at the school level they are starting to look at subgroup data.”


Cagle said the overall numbers presented don’t show the subgroups of students whose improvement will help boost performance. Teachers will take the data and make targeted to individualized plans to give extra support to certain students who need help learning.


“It’s a very detailed process that our schools are in right now,” Cagle said. “It’s very challenging, but also very interesting.”


An overview of information Lanier presented:


Reading


• Elementary: In third grade, 90.5 percent of students system-wide met or exceeded standards, compared to 92.3 percent in the state, with five elementary schools above the state, including 100 percent of Hillcrest students. Fourth grade scores show that 93.5 percent of the students met and exceeded, about the same as the state’s 93.6 percent, with five schools above the state, including 100 percent of Hillcrest and Rosemont elementary students. Fifth grade reading scores show 95.1 percent of students meeting and exceeding, slightly above the state’s 94.8 percent with seven elementary schools outscoring the state average.


Fourth and fifth grade cohort comparisons also showed the fifth grade class’ scores had increased over the years. Other grades’ trends showed steady scores year over year.


• Middle: In sixth grade, 96.3 percent of students met and exceeded standards, just short of the state’s 97.3 percent. In seventh grade, 92.1 percent of students met or exceeded standards, falling short of the state’s 94.7 percent. In eighth grade, 96 percent of students met or exceeded, below the state’s 97 percent.


Sixth grade cohort score comparisons showed an increase. Other trends showed steady scores year over year.


Math


• Elementary: In third grade, 78.3 percent of students met or exceeded standards compared to the state’s 80.7 percent, with three schools outscoring the state by more than 15 percentage points each. In fourth grade, 79.5 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 81.7 percent in the state, with four schools outscoring the state. In fifth grade, students fared better with 91.2 percent meeting or exceeding compared to the state’s 87.7 percent, with 10 schools outscoring the state.


Third grade mathematics showed a slight drop from last year. Fifth grade trends were up and down, but a comparison of the cohort group – the same class as it moves up each grade – showed a steady increase.


• Middle: In sixth grade, 82.6 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 84.1 percent in the state, with Gardner Newman exceeding the state percentage. In seventh grade mathematics, 88.3 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to the state’s 87.6 percent, with Long Cane and Callaway above the state percentage. In eighth grade, 81.8 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 81.5 percent in the state with Long Cane and Gardner Newman above the state percentage.


Sixth grade trends showed a steady increase, a comparison of the sixth grade cohort class showed a spike in their fifth grade year, a trend that followed most subjects, but otherwise steady scores. Seventh and eighth grade cohort comparisons showed a “roller coaster” up and down trend with eighth grade slightly more downward, which Lanier said staff will “delve into.”


English/language arts


• Elementary: In third grade, 87 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 88.5 percent in the state, with four schools above the state percentage. In fourth grade, 87.1 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 88.7 percent in the state, with four schools above the state percentage. In fifth grade, 96.7 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 94.7 percent in the state, with 10 schools outscoring the state including four at 98 percent or above.


Third grade scores have showed a slight downward trend, which Lanier said staff is looking at. Fifth grade trends and cohort comparisons showed a steady upward trend.


• Middle: In sixth grade, 89.8 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 91.8 percent in the state. In seventh grade, 91 percent met or exceeded, compared to 93.9 percent in the state. In eighth grade, 94.5 percent of students met or exceeded, the same as the state, with two schools scoring above the state percentage.


No schools outscored the state in sixth and seventh grades, a trend Lanier said staff was studying.


Science


• Elementary: In the third grade, 73.6 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 77.1 percent in the state, and five schools outscored the state, including two with more than 90 percent of students scoring meets or exceeds. In fourth grade, 78.3 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 80.9 percent in the state, with six schools above the state, including two where 90 percent met or exceeded. In fifth grade, 83.7 percent of student met or exceeded, compared to 81.9 in the state, with nine schools outscoring the state.


In third grade, Lanier said state and local science scores show a downward trend. Fourth grade showed a slight downward trend year over year, but a cohort comparison saw a slight jump. Fifth grade scores were slowly moving up, with a similar small lift in the cohort comparison.


• Middle: In the sixth grade, 77.9 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 75.1 percent in the state, with Gardner Newman and Long Cane outscoring the state. In seventh grade science, 78.9 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 84.2 percent in the state. In eighth grade, 75.3 percent met or exceeded, compared to 77.9 percent in the state, with Gardner Newman outscoring the state.


Trends were steady.


Social studies


• Elementary: In third grade, 82.1 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 83.7 percent in the state, with five schools outscoring the state. In fourth grade, 78.3 percent of student met or exceeded, compared to 80.9 percent in the state, with six schools outscoring the state. In fifth grade, 84.3 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 80.7 percent in the state, with 10 schools outscoring the state.


Trends were steady.


• Middle: In sixth grade, 80.5 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 79.8 percent in the state, with Long Cane outscoring the state. In seventh grade, 77.8 percent met or exceeded, compared to 83.5 percent in the state. In eighth grade, 77.6 percent of students met or exceeded, compared to 80.6 percent in the state.


Seventh grade scores were moving upward year over year, but had a slight drop in the cohort comparison. Other trends were steady.


In other matters at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, board members approved:


• Renewing the $101,143 Thinkgate annual license agreement for the software program used for formative data assessment in schools. The cost covers the annual subscription fees, hosting services and data maintenance for the 2014-2015 school year.


• Allowing the superintendent, upon approval by legal counsel, to sign off on a renewal contract with Aramark Management Services Limited Partnership for $367,094.25 for contracted custodial management services.


• Approval of a $42,227.50 purchase to Dye’s Dust Control for mat services at the schools.


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