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Latest test scores show big gains in reading, math in public schools

By Star-Advertiser staff


Hawaii public school students saw sizable gains in reading and math proficiency in the school year that just ended, test scores released today show.

Altogether, 71 percent of students in tested grades were proficient in reading, up from 66 percent in 2011. Meanwhile, 59 percent of students tested proficient in math, from 54 percent.

The gains meant the raw number of students who tested proficient in reading and math in 2012 increased by about 6,000 in each subject from last year.

“The remarkable growth in reading and math proficiency for all grade levels is a direct reflection of the hard work of our educators and students,” schools Superintendent Kathy Matayoshi said, in a news release. “Our plan to create systemic change is working. Increasingly, more students in more schools across the state on the path toward college and career readiness.”

Meanwhile, 53 percent of the state’s 286 public schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress goals for reading and math proficiency under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

That’s down from last year, when 59 percent of schools didn’t meet the goals.

For a school to meet AYP, 72 percent of students had to have tested proficient in reading and 64 percent proficient in math.

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allie wrote:
Yikes..I thought it was good news but 53% did not meet the progress required by federal laws?
on July 17,2012 | 03:45PM
owlright wrote:
True - but at least better than 59% last year!
on July 17,2012 | 03:47PM
Oahuan wrote:
Baby steps. LOL!
on July 17,2012 | 04:13PM
braddah wrote:
It's because of the SPED and ELL....I wish they would publish which school's general population made it...you would see a whole different number...and in case you were wondering...If the kid is in sped...he shouldn't be reading at grade level, or he would be disqualified...so he shouldn't pass the test in the first place.
on July 17,2012 | 09:45PM
Changalang wrote:
Even after the infamous "teach the test" memo. it is better to look good, than to be good.
on July 17,2012 | 06:32PM
lifeisgood wrote:
That figure is very misleading. This figure includes special education students as well as ELL.
on July 17,2012 | 07:55PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Do you realize that a school could have the general population meet the benchmark to meet proficiency, but when they group only the SPED or ELL students, they fall short of the benchmark as an isolated group, so the whole school is deem a failure. How fair is that?
on July 17,2012 | 08:24PM
Steve96785 wrote:
http://arch.k12.hi.us/school/nclb/nclb.html This site has downloadable files to see how your school or complex has done this past year. Note that many schools which "met" AYP did so by gaining Safe Harbor status, not by meeting the actual standard stated in the last sentence. Only thing that is certain is that all schools will fail once the standards require 100% meet standards in each subject by 2014. By that, I include those exclusive private schools which are exempt from NCLB. Perfection is not an attainable goal on a consistent basis.
on July 17,2012 | 06:42PM
Changalang wrote:
Wouldn't it be nice if the BOE and DOE cared about taking care of teachers and educating children more than preserving transportation contracts?
on July 17,2012 | 07:57PM
Oilpan wrote:
The last paragraph is NOT totally correct. It is true that students must reach the proficiency numbers - 72% reading, 64% math. But there is a further requirement. Under the law, there are student "cells" (groupings) i.e. disadvantaged, English language learners, the various ethnic groups, special education students. Every one of those "cells" must also achieve the proficiency number. If ALL do not, the school does not meet AYP. Hence, if the students and all "cells" except ONE meet the standards, the school will NOT be deemed to have met AYP. This is an area of the law that Congress must address.
on July 17,2012 | 09:32PM
Steve96785 wrote:
Again, not quite correct. Schools that have had scores below the benchmarks can meet AYP by reaching Safe Harbor gains. There are several levels of SH so a scool which makes a gain of 10% in one year will meet, even if it is far below thje 72% or 64% "required" for AYP. My school just made AYP for the first time since testing began, and we are happy with that, but our percentages are in the forties, not sixties or seventies. see my preevious comment for the full report which includes Safe Harbor definitions.
on July 18,2012 | 07:16AM
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