Wrapping up our discussion of the 2011 Annual Report to the school board, let’s discuss Porters Point School’s contribution in a bit more detail.
As with the other schools, PPS’s charts include statistics on reading and math achievement as measured by the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests. As a quick recap, the NECAP test results are used primarily for school improvement and accountability initiatives as required under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.
As with Union Memorial School’s scores, 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 PPS’s bar graphs represent the percentage of third graders who attended Porters Point 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 Porters Point School has climbed over the last five years. In spite of this, notice how the NECAP test scores remain high.
Please also note that PPS’s math scores continue to climb, and PPS students have consistently made adequate yearly progress (AYP).
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