Last year our students outperformed the State average on ISATs Reading and Math measures by 25%. In comparison to some of our neighboring school districts here is some facts, based on the ISAT data from the State Department of Education 2015-16
School (All Students) comparisons
Rolling Hills Public Charter School Proficient or Advanced in ELA (Reading) 66.8% and Math 55%
Boise School District Proficient or Advanced in ELA (Reading) 55.6% and Math 46.7%
West Ada School District Proficient or Advanced in ELA (Reading) 62.1% and Math 52.3%
Local Middle Schools comparisons
Rolling Hills Middle School Proficient or Advanced in ELA (Reading) 76.5% and Math 52.5%
Riverglen Jr. High Proficient or Advanced in ELA (Reading) 51% and Math 37.8%
Eagle Middle School Proficient or Advanced in ELA (Reading) 65.8% and Math 50%
NorthStar Middle School Proficient or Advanced in ELA (Reading) 69% and Math 77%
Math Curriculum changes last year are having some influential effects on student learning Math concepts. We went to 5 days a week of Math instruction, altered the focus on helping students to excel by not being held to having to stay with Middle School grade level math. We try to make it fluid for the needs of the student. All of our students can be taught Math with extensions and using Khan Academy to enrich learning with technology. Teachers utilize various math strategies and supplemental curriculum to fill holes for students and promote advance learning opportunities. Our partnership with IDLA allows us to give students, in Middle School, the opportunity to gain high school credit for Algebra and Geometry. Please see me if you have more questions or concerns.
During the first month of school we utilize easyCBM (www.easycbm.com) benchmark measures of our students in regards to their Reading and Math. 7th and 8th Graders this year on the easyCBM that were 6th and 7th graders last year are showing for Math that they are achieving more. The green target is set at the 75th percentile. This is where we want our students performing. Almost all school's set this standard at the 50th percentile. This assessment is set on a National Norm (over 20,000 results) to compare grade level peers with others at the same grade level across the nation. During Parent Teacher Conferences starting on Tuesday, November 1 through Friday, November 4 teachers will share easyCBM and other classroom assessment data to show you your child's starting point for this year. I hope this helps to explain some of the data points that are referenced to determine a school's success and your child's success. If you wish to see other grade levels our School Board notes will have this data in the Administrator's report October 20, 2016.
Informed Decision Making. From the start, the developers of easyCBM have emphasized the goal of helping to facilitate good instructional decision-making.
I have provided a link for you to check out the easyCBM FAQ and explanation of the measures. Please contact me or your child's teacher with other comments, concerns, or questions. Thank you and have a great day.
Shane Pratt, MSEd