State releases district results of growth model for Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) has released aggregate results from the growth model for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.

Approximately 54% and 56% of Greenwich Public Schools students tested in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 met or exceeded their growth targets in ELA and Math, respectively. Greenwich students on average achieved 72% of the total amount of their growth targets in ELA and 74% of their growth targets in math. Growth was measured for matched cohorts of 3,025 students in ELA and 3,060 students in math in grades 4-8 in 2016, using spring 2015 and 2016 SBA results.

Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Corda said, “Like every district we want all of our students to meet or exceed growth targets. In relation to Statewide performance, we exceed Statewide performance both in percentage of students who actually met the targeted growth and the average percentage of growth targets met by students. In terms of the percentage of growth achieved, our performance is higher than the average of students in our comparative State reference group – DRG B – in ELA and slightly below the average of students in DRG B in Math.

In comparison with districts in DRG A, the percentage of our students exceeds the average of district in ELA and is a little below the average of districts in DRG A in Math. That said, it is clear from an examination of data across the State that there is a great deal of work to be done until all students meet targeted growth and Greenwich is no exception. Having only slightly more than half of our students meeting or exceeding growth targets is not the level of achievement we expect or will accept. This is a challenge we take very seriously, and necessitates that we re-examine the steps that we are taking to ensure that all of our students meet their growth targets. Once we have had the chance to analyze the data, we will plan and implement the strategies we believe will help us address this challenge.”

This new data supports much of the analysis we have conducted since receiving the 2016 SBA results in August. The District has already identified the students that did not meet expectations on the 2016 assessment and is working with Principals and teachers to focus resources on addressing their specific needs. Visit us at http://www.greenwichschools.org Follow us @GPSDistrict.

District administration is currently analyzing the new growth data received today, which provides another way of looking at student achievement. Measuring student growth over time is often a better indicator of the effectiveness of educational interventions than simply comparing achievement scores or proficiency rates from one year to the next. Administrators and teachers will now use this new information to review each individual student that did not meet expected growth according to the State’s targets, and identify students that we are not already focused on as a result of our data analysis this fall.

Schools have already developed School Improvement Plans that focus on improvement in ELA and/or math. This data will provide additional information for them to use in their planning process.

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