Both the Van-Far R-I School District and Community R-VI School District recently learned how their students performed when the Department of Secondary Education (DESE) released its MSIP-5 Annual Performance Report (APR).
The Van-Far R-I School District received an overall APR of 90.7, which is an improvement of 9-9.3 over the 81.4 score in 2014.
“We were pleased with our MAP and EOC scores and areas of improvement,” said Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter, who noted the Board of Education will review things further during their November board meeting.
“There are always areas to target to improve and we will continue to pinpoint, but are pleased with our overall performance.”
According to the DESE website, Van-Far Elementary School received 58.0/70 APR total points, which was 10.5 more than in 2014 for an 82.9%.
Van-Far High School earned 132/140 APR total points, which was eight more than in 2014 and 7.5 more than in 2013. The percent of points reached 94.3%, which was about six percentage points higher than in the previous two years.
During the October board meeting, District Assessment Coordinators Virgena Gibson and Mandy Reading shared some of the MAP results in a report based on Spring 2015 data.
The following strengths included:
• The 8th grade, English I, and English II scores were above the state percentage for students in the proficient and advanced levels. The 8th grade score was 67.3, which was well over the state percentage of 57.5; English I was 72.2 with a state percentage of 67; while English II was a 77.8 with a state percentage of 73.7.
• Scores for Algebra I and Geometry were significantly above the state percentage for students in the proficient and advanced levels. Algebra I was an 81.1, which was well over the 62.2 state percentage. Geometry reached 90.6, over the 63 state percentage score.
• The Biology I and Physical Science scores were also significantly above the state percentage for students in the proficient and advanced levels.Biology I finished at 84.4, which was over the 74.3 state percentage. Physical Science reached 37.5, which is over the 27.2 state percentage.
MAP tests were administered in Math and English Language Arts for students in grades 3-8 along with a Science test being administered in 5th and 8th grades.
The End-Of-Course Assessment was given at the high school for English I and II, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Biology I, Physical Science, Government, and American History.
While the overall APR improved, there are still some concerns evident to the district in the results.
• Students in 3rd grade English Language Arts scored a 46, which was well below the state percentage of 57.2 in the proficient and advanced levels.
• The 4th and 6th grade students scored significantly below the state percentage for Math in the proficient and advanced levels. The 4th grade score of 20.9 was well below the state percentage of 49.2 The 6th grade score of 10.4 was also well below the state percentage of 37.8.
• As for Social Studies, students taking assessments in American History and Government also scored significantly below the state percentage for proficient and advanced levels. American History was a 34.1, which was under the 49.5 state figure. The figure for Government was 41.7, which was under 63.4.
While an analysis is still being made by officials regarding the Community R-VI district, some early numbers show the administration how students did last Spring.
The Community R-VI Elementary School received 57.5/70 APR total points, which was two lower than in 2014. It also had 82.1% of points, which was 2.9% lower than in 2014.
Meanwhile, Community R-VI High School earned 103.5/138 of APR total points. This was two points lower than last year.
The 75% was just .4% under 2014.
In 2013, the school’s APR Total Points was 128/140 with 91.4% of points.