Archive for Wednesday, December 20, 2006

B-L students perform well on statewide examinations

December 20, 2006

Basehor-Linwood school board members were pleased to learn that the district received 17 of 26 possible Standard of Excellence awards.

Sandy Guidry, director of curriculum and instruction, announced the good news at last week's school board meeting.

Standard of Excellence is based on Adequate Yearly Progress scores. AYP is the minimum amount of improvement schools in each state must achieve in math and reading each year.

Each state's board of education sets its own achievement goal progressively higher each year, in hopes that each child will be 100 percent proficient by the 2013-2014 school year.

For a school to meet AYP, students must meet or be above the state's target percentage in reading and math. Each building in a district must make AYP for the entire district to achieve AYP.

Guidry said the 2006 reading target for kindergarten through eighth grade for Kansas was 63.4 percent and 58 percent for grades nine through 12. She said about 88.9 percent of students in the Basehor-Linwood district met standards or were above.

For example, the state-determined targets for math ere 60.1 percent for kindergarten through eighth grade and 46.8 percent for grades nine through 12. About 84 percent of Basehor-Linwood students met or exceeded those standards, Guidry said.

Guidry distributed several bar graphs to board members that showed the scores for reading and math at each grade level tested at each school.

"You can see that our AYP scores are really outstanding," Guidry said. "They're well above the standard."

For an elementary grade level to meet Standard of Excellence:

  • A minimum of 25 percent of students must be at exemplary -- the highest level of AYP achievement.
  • Only 5 percent or less of students can be at academic warning -- the lowest level of AYP achievement.

For middle school students to meet Standard of Excellence:

  • A minimum of 20 percent of students must be at exemplary.
  • A maximum of 10 percent of students may be at academic warning.

For high school students to achieve Standard of Excellence:

  • A minimum of 15 percent of students must be at exemplary
  • A maximum of 10 percent of students may be at academic warning.

If the grade level meets these standards, then the distribution of scores is evaluated. About 60 percent or more of elementary school students must be at exceeds standard and above, 80 percent or more must be at meets standard and above and 95 percent or more at approaches standard and above. These numbers are slightly different for middle school and high school students.

All five schools in the district earned a building Standard of Excellence in either reading or math. Four schools earned the award in reading, and Linwood Elementary earned a Standard of Excellence in math. Glenwood Ridge Elementary earned a building Standard of Excellence in both testing areas.

"The staff needs to be applauded for their work," board president Randy Cunningham said. "We've got a great staff. We really appreciate it."

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