SAD 44 standardized test results mixed
The most recent standardized test results for SAD 44 students are a mixed bag – generally good at the elementary level, not as good at the high school.
Director of Curriculum Lee Graham presented the 2009-2010 results to the SAD 44 School Board last week. “I think that overall, Grades Three through Eight, our kids do really well,” said Graham. “It dropped off in high school, and we’ve been spending quite a lot of time looking at the whys…We’re going to do some in-depth analysis on how to bring those scores up.”
She also noted that there can be year-to-year variation by grade, because the schools and the district are relatively small.
Testing currently utilizes the New England Common Assessment Program at the elementary level, and the Maine High School Assessment.
Graham broke down the results by grade, school, comparing progress by each class as it progressed in time, as well as comparing last year’s scores to state averages. She also provided district averages among the three elementary schools.
In Grade Three, 76 percent of elementary pupils were deemed proficient or higher in reading, and 72 percent in math. Statewide, the percentages were 73 and 62, respectively.
Students not falling into those categories were listed as either “partially proficient” or “substantially below proficient.”
The comparisons for other grades, listing SAD 44 first and state averages second, are as follows (subjects tested vary by grade):
Grade 4: 68 percent proficient in reading, 62 percent in math; 67 percent in reading, 59 percent in math.
Grade 5: 81 percent in reading, 68 percent in math, and 83 percent in science; 72 percent in reading, 64 percent in math; 63 percent in science.
Grade 6: 63 percent in reading, 58 percent in math; 69 percent in reading, 63 percent in math.
Grade 7: 75 percent in reading, 63 percent in math; 68 percent in reading, 60 percent in math.
Grade 8: 82 percent in reading, 63 percent in math, 76 percent in science; 69 percent in reading, 59 percent in math, 71 percent in science.
Grade 11: 38 percent in reading, 27 percent in math, 31 percent in science, 34 percent in writing; 48 percent in reading, 46 percent in math, 32 percent in science, 47 percent in writing.