Fulton board focuses on student achievement

The Fulton School Board heard a lot about student achievement Wednesday night.

Most of that discussion stemmed from Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Hull’s 2012-13 Student Performance Report.

She started off by explaining some of the changes to what data the state uses to calculate the Annual Performance Report and accreditation in the new MSIP 5 that goes into effect this year.

“Everything changes this year,” Hull said, noting that three years of data is used for accreditation. “We are now evaluated using five standards: academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance rate and graduation rate.”

Status, progress and growth are used to calculate a comprehensive score used to determine the accreditation level. Status is calculated using an average of three years of MAP performance index scores.

Hull presented board members with a breakdown of how each building in the district performed on student performance tests — the MAP for grades three, four, five, six, seven and eight and End of Course Exams at the high school level in Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, English I and II, American History and Government.

Bartley Elementary scored 89.5 percent in academic achievement, 100 percent in subgroup achievement and 100 percent in attendance for a total score of 92.9 percent.

The percentage of Bartley students scoring proficient or advanced was down slightly in English Language Arts and math and remained steady in science.

Bush Elementary scored 100 percent across the board, with the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced dropping slightly in English Language Arts, rising slightly in math and holding steady in science.

McIntire Elementary scored 97.9 percent in academic achievement, 75 percent in subgroup achievement and 95 percent in attendance for a total score of 93.6 percent. The percentage of McIntire students scoring proficient or advanced was up slightly in English language arts and math and down slightly in science.

“All three elementaries are at the highest level of accreditation,” Hull said.

The middle school and high school did not do quite so well.

Fulton Middle School scored 56.3 percent in academic achievement, 41.7 percent in subgroup achievement and 75 percent in attendance, for a total score of 56.4 percent. The percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced was down slightly in English language arts, math and science.

The high school scored 75 percent for academic achievement, 64.3 percent for subgroup achievement, 86.7 percent for college and career readiness, zero percent for attendance and 80 percent for graduation rate for a total score of 72.1 percent.

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