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USD 204 assessment scores show some improvement

October 3, 2012

Though adequate yearly progress soon will no longer be a concern, school board members were happy to learn each school in Bonner Springs-Edwardsville USD 204 has received at least one building-wide Standard of Excellence award.

The Kansas Department of Education last month released state assessment results for 2011-12, and the Board of Education Monday reviewed the standard of excellence awards the district had received based on those results. Bonner Springs and Edwardsville Elementary schools did not receive the award in reading as they had last year, but the middle school and the high school each earned one more building-wide award than last year.

“Congratulations to all our teachers, principals and staff who made it possible for us to reach the state standard of excellence,” Superintendent Robert VanMaren said at Monday’s meeting.

To receive a Standards of Excellence award in any learning area, a building must make “adequate yearly progress” in its All Students subgroup, among other criteria.

This year’s awards were as follows:

• Bonner Springs Elementary in mathematics for third and fifth grade, as well as building-wide

• Delaware Ridge Elementary in reading at fourth and fifth grade as well as building-wide, and in mathematics at third, fourth and fifth grade as well as building-wide

• Edwardsville Elementary in mathematics at third and fifth grade as well as building-wide

• Clark Middle School in reading at sixth, seventh and eighth grade as well as building-wide

• Bonner Springs High School in reading and mathematics building-wide.

Last year, the middle school did not receive a building-wide award, and the high school received the award in reading, but not in math.

The 2012 assessments mark the last time the state will calculate Adequate Yearly Progress. The state made a request for flexibility in complying with some provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was approved in July. A new accountability system to evaluate the effectiveness of schools and districts in helping students achieve academically will be in place for the 2012-2013 school year.

VanMaren said making AYP effectively “didn’t matter” this year, so the board did not review the district’s assessment scores in depth. After the meeting, Leticia Porter, director of elementary instruction, said the district was focusing its attention on how students in our district scored in groups and as individuals.

“By looking at individual students whose scores increased or decreased, we can plan instruction for them that meets their needs,” she said.

Porter said the scores for the district increased in several categories for 2012. All Students, ELL, African American and Hispanic student scores increased in reading. In Math the district saw increases for students in All students, Free and Reduced Lunch, ELL students, African American, Hispanic and White categories.

“These increases come at a time when we are making the transition to the Common Core Standards, so we are proud of this accomplishment,” Porter said.

Four out of five of the district’s schools made AYP in the 2010-2011 testing year. The district as a whole and its middle school failed to meet the targets.

Statewide, student performance on reading and math assessments saw a slight decline in 2012, the first time since No Child Left Behind was implemented in 2001 that performance has not improved.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the minutes from the Sept. 17 meeting.

• Approved warrants totaling $223,300.

• Approved a recommendation of Preston Williams for the high school swim coach

• Tabled until Oct. 15 discussion of classified terms of employment

• Approved copier contract with Unisource Document Products for $129,980, with a $20,076 maintenance cost.

• Conducted a five-minute executive session for the purpose of discussing a student confidentiality matter.

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