Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Rhode Island Education Progress Numbers

I attended a meeting last night at my local elementary school in which data was presented detailing where the school stood with regards to standardized testing for school accountability as mandated by the State and Federal governments. While I may find the specific numbers for my children's school more germane, I realize that there is more general interest in the statewide numbers. These have yet to be publicized, so I guess you could call this a bit of a scoop. For a more comprehensive breakdown, please go here.

The test results here are only for 4th graders statewide and cover Math and English Language Arts (ELA). There is an established standard that all students are supposed to meet. The levels of achievement are measured against that standard for each student and then the percentage of students at each level are calculated.

First, the ELA numbers for the state. The numbers below are for specific skills. In total, 89% achieved the overall standard for READING and 81% achieved the overall standard for WRITING.

READING - Basic Understanding (Students must demonstrated the ability to comprehend a variety of materials of varying length and complexity)

Achieved the Standard with Honors - 16%
Achieved the Standard - 57%
Nearly Achieved the Standard - 14%
Below the Standard - 11%
Little Evidence of Achievment - 0%
TOTAL Achieved Standard - 73%

READING - Analysis and Interpretation (Students must demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret what they read in the process of becoming critical readers)

Achieved the Standard with Honors - 7%
Achieved the Standard - 55%
Nearly Achieved the Standard - 24%
Below the Standard - 11%
Little Evidence of Achievment - 1%
TOTAL Achieved Standard - 62%

WRITING - Effectiveness (Students must demonstrate the ability to write effectively in a variety of formats for a variety of purposes, audiences and contexts)

Achieved the Standard with Honors - 19%
Achieved the Standard - 56%
Nearly Achieved the Standard - 12%
Below the Standard - 10%
Little Evidence of Achievment - 1%
TOTAL Achieved Standard - 75%

WRITING - Conventions (Students learn to master writing conventions. Writing conventions include spelling, punctuation, grammar and other conventions associated with forms of written text.)

Achieved the Standard with Honors - 5%
Achieved the Standard - 54%
Nearly Achieved the Standard - 21%
Below the Standard - 18%
Little Evidence of Achievment - 0%
TOTAL Achieved Standard - 59%


Second are the Math numbers for the state. The numbers below are for specific skills. In total, 56% achieved the overall standard for MATH.

MATH - Skills (The student accomplishes tasks by using mathematical skills effectively, including the computation and symbol manipulation skills of arithmetic and algebra as well as geometric and graphical skills)

Achieved the Standard with Honors - 26%
Achieved the Standard - 44%
Nearly Achieved the Standard - 19%
Below the Standard - 9%
Little Evidence of Achievment - 0%
TOTAL Achieved Standard - 70%

MATH - Concepts (The student uses concepts of Number and Operation, Geometry and Measurement, Function and Algebra, and Statistics and Probability to solve problems and explains those concepts to others in different ways)

Achieved the Standard with Honors - 7%
Achieved the Standard - 37%
Nearly Achieved the Standard - 33%
Below the Standard - 20%
Little Evidence of Achievment - 1%
TOTAL Achieved Standard - 44%

MATH - Problem Solving (Explanation not legible)

Achieved the Standard with Honors - 14%
Achieved the Standard - 24%
Nearly Achieved the Standard - 18%
Below the Standard - 34%
Little Evidence of Achievment - 8%
TOTAL Achieved Standard - 38%

For more analysis, please go over to Anchor Rising.

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