Continuing along with our discussion of the 2011 Annual Report to the school board, let’s discuss Union Memorial School’s contribution a bit further.
UMS’s charts include statistics on reading and math achievement as measured by the previously discussed New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests. NECAP tests are administered in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont as part of each state’s assessment program, and the results are used primarily for school improvement and accountability initiatives as required under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.
Because NECAP tests in reading and mathematics are administered to students in grades 3 through 8, and writing tests are administered to students in grades 5 and 8, the statistics in UMS’s bar graphs represent the percentage of third graders who attended Union Memorial School who are considered proficient—or proficient with distinction—on the NECAP examinations in reading or math for the given year.
The charts also break down achievement results by gender and by socioeconomic status. The percentages listed under the years on the bottom of the charts represent the percentage of students who are classified as “Low SES,” or low-socioeconomic status, which, by definition in a school setting, is any student who receives a free or reduced-price lunch. As is demonstrated by these statistics, the poverty rate at Union Memorial School has doubled over the last five years.
An important highlight of Union Memorial School’s 2010–2011 academic year is the four teachers—Christine Anderson, Judy Flanagan, Erin Sorenson, and Darlene Mulcahy—who were featured in a video entitled Creating Equity and Excellence for All Learners through Differentiated Instruction, which was sponsored by the Hope Foundation and produced by Pure Imagination, Inc. The video highlights expertise in differentiated instruction, and only a few schools nationwide were selected to participate—Union Memorial School being among them. Please visit Union Memorial School’s website for video clips of this achievement. Additional information about it can also be found on Principal Antonicci’s blog.
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