August 1, 2012
Superintendent releases multi-year plan to increase student achievement
Slight increase in test scores seen over previous year
Superintendent Jim Browder shared with principals and administrators today his comprehensive, multi-year plan to increase student achievement in reading, writing and math. The plan focuses on improving the performance of every child to ensure at least one year’s academic growth each year.
Preliminary scores from the state’s Standards Based Assessment show slight increases over the previous year in reading, writing, math and science. Districtwide reading scores went from 79.8 to 81.8 percent, writing scores moved from 77.0 to 77.4 percent, math scores moved from 70.4 to 71.4 percent and science scores increased from 59.4 to 59.9 percent.
However, a comparison of scores over the last five years shows overall achievement remains relatively flat.
“We have a strong foundation. ASD staff has been working hard to provide a quality education, and it shows,” said Browder. “We must celebrate these successes but also recognize that there is always room for improvement.”
Superintendent Browder’s education plan calls for the following by the year 2020:
“We’re going to do this by aligning our curriculum and instruction to the national Common Core standards, focusing on every student’s data, and improving professional development for staff,” said Browder. “This plan will be integrated into everything we do, ensuring that we keep our students’ success at the forefront.”
A full report of student test scores will be available in the Profile of Performance, presented to the school board later this fall.
NOTE: Attached are graphics showing the district’s test scoresfor the past six years.