6/28/12 Schools see mixed results on test scores

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Schools see mixed results on test scores
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 6/28/12  
Reprinted with permission.

Student performance improved in some areas and went down in others as measured by state tests Alamance-Burlington School System students took during 2011-12.

Angela Duncan, the system’s assistant superintendent of school improvement, said the system will redouble its efforts in areas where scores are down. While reading scores were up at the elementary school level, for example, they are down in two of the three middle school grades.

The system plans “an intensive focus on literacy” in middle schools, Duncan said, with training for teachers in those schools.

Even in areas where student performance shows improvement, “We want much better for our students,” she said.

Duncan shared system-wide information about the percentage of students who showed proficiency in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and in science in grades 5 and 8. She also shared results from high school end-ofcourse tests in Algebra I, English I and biology.

Duncan said results from the individual schools will be released later. Here are results released by the school system this week:

READING (GRADES 3-5)

Grade 3: 62.5 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, up from 60.9 percent in 2010-11 and 60 percent in 2009-10.

Grade 4: 66.7 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, up from 65.1 percent in 2010-11 and 66 percent in 2009-10.

Grade 5: 69.1 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, up from 64.6 percent in 2010-11 and 67.5 percent in 2009-10.

READING (GRADES 6-8)

Grade 6: 68.3 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, down from 72.1 percent in 2010-11 and 70.7 percent in 2009-10.

Grade 7: 61.5 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, up from 59.5 percent in 2010-11 but down from 63.1 percent in 2009-10.

Grade 8: 63.3 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, down from 65 percent in 2010-11 and 64.1 percent in 2009-10.

MATH (GRADES 3-5)

Grade 3: 78.5 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, down from 80.3 percent in 2010-11 and 79.3 percent in 2009-10.

Grade 4: 83.8 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, up from 83.3 percent in 2010-11 and 81.6 percent in 2009-10.

Grade 5: 80 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, up from 79.4 percent in 2010-11 but down from 80.4 percent in 2009-10.

MATH (GRADES 6-8)

Grade 6: 79.8 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, down from 83.5 percent in 2010-11 and 81.3 percent in 2009-10.

Grade 7: 82 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, up from 76.8 percent in 2010-11 and 81.3 percent in 2009-10.

Grade 8: 83.6 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, the same percentage as in 2010-11 and down from 85.2 percent in 2009-10.

SCIENCE (GRADES 5, 8)

Grade 5: 71.4 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, up from 63 percent in 2010-11 and 55.9 percent in 2009-10.

Grade 8: 70.8 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, up from 67.9 percent in 2010-11 and 70 percent in 2009-10.

HIGH SCHOOL END OF COURSE RESULTS

Algebra I: 81.1 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, nearly identical to the 81.2 percent in 2010-11 and up from 80.3 percent in 2009-10.

English I: 77.8 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, down from 78.7 percent in 2010-11 and 79.7 percent in 2009-10.

Biology: 84.4 percent of students showed proficiency in 2011-12, up from 78.5 percent in 2010-11 and 83.7 percent in 2009-10.