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October 18, 2012

Student test data reveals strengths weaknesses

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According to Cring, at the end of 2011 the district’s focus was to improve passing and mastery scores in chemistry, physics and algebra II.

“The item analysis and diving into the core curriculum in that course paid great dividends for our students,” he said, while showing where scores have improved over the three years the exam has been given. 

Cring said the goal is to get the mastery percent rate up to 30 percent.

There was a slight increase in pass rate for chemistry in 2012 and a much higher increase in mastery.

The physics exam has only been given for two years. In 2011 the pass rate score was pretty much even with the state average and the mastery was higher than the state average. Scores went up significantly in 2012, but there are no state scores to compare them to yet.

David Borgstrom, board of education president, asked if the district really wants to be using the state average as a benchmark for success.

Cring said, “No. The answer to that question is no. We should not be at or slightly above the state average. I believe that the talent level and the potential talent pool of our students and the abilities of our teachers, and depending on which Regents exam or course we are talking about, should be above state average.”

Gorman said the goal is that every year a cohort increases its proficiency percentage and not have it decrease.

“If it does decrease, then what we need to take away from that is to investigate why, what happened and to just do our best to make sure it does not happen again,” she said.

Borgstrom pointed out there is a trend that shows scores are dropping in math when comparing the 2016 through 2018 cohorts.

Cring said there are very specific plans in place not only for instructors, but for course work.

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