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A Closer Look at CMS’s 2011 Annual Report

Following our previous announcement about about CSD’s June 7 presentation of the 2011 Annual Report to the school board, let’s discuss Colchester Middle School’s contribution a bit further.

As has been discussed in previous posts, the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests are administered in Vermont and in other states around New England as a means of measuring scholastic performance as required under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. Each year, Measured Progress assesses student results and determines cutoff scores for each of the four achievement levels, which, as previously discussed, are as follows:

4 = Proficient with Distinction
3 = Proficient
2 = Partially Proficient
1 = Substantially Below Proficient

Students receiving an achievement level of 2 or 1 are considered to not be making adequate yearly progress (AYP). Scores are disaggregated by some specific categories, such as students who receive free or reduced-price lunch, students with disabilities, and by racial designation. Colchester Middle School’s AYP status is determined by its performance as a whole school as well as the performance of each subgroup.

Because the goal of NCLB is for all students to achieve 100% proficiency by 2014, the score expectations for each achievement level (4, 3, 2, and 1) all increased substantially. As a result of its NECAP test scores, CMS has been identified as a school in need of improvement for the second year in a row—one of 216 schools in Vermont that are on the school identification list.

Colchester Middle School’s leadership team and administration are carefully examining data and instructional practices and are considering all supports for students in drafting a plan of response for its identification status.

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