Just like your car, we have several "dials" we are watching to tell us how we are doing on key measures of
student performance in Math, Reading & Science that are assessed using a standardized test. We will be posting
these "dashboards" on our websites to show how we are doing against our district and individual school goals.
The Performance Progress will provide the percentage of students at each level of proficiency in each academic area.
STAR Math and Reading Assessments are
computer-adaptive tests that continually adjust the difficulty of each
test by choosing the next test questions based on the student's
response. This enables the assessment to accurately determine the
student's level of understanding of the math and reading
standards. These tests are used to monitor student growth throughout the
year and help teachers determine the appropriate skill areas and
instructional levels at which students are ready to learn.
Students are considered to be proficient in their learning when
they score in the 40th percentile and above. For example,
the chart shows how scores are distributed from low to high -
with most students scoring in the mid-range.
The yellow portion represents the lowest 40% of the scores; the
blue represents students who scored above the lowest 40% - this is
called the 40th percentile.