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Greencastle-Antrim School District elementary school falls short of reading and math benchmarks

September 21, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Greencastle-Antrim School District met state adequate yearly progress benchmarks for reading and math last school year, but the elementary school did not.

Bob Crider, director of educational operations, gave a presentation to the school board Thursday night on the district’s AYP results.

He said the district as a whole made AYP, but the elementary school is on a warning list due to two subgroups — economically disadvantaged in reading and IEP (Individualized Educational Program) in math.

AYP is a benchmark for how well students are performing, Crider said.

Tests are given in grades three through 11.

AYP 2012 benchmarks for reading were 81 percent and 78 percent in math. In 2013, the benchmarks inch up to 91 percent for reading and 89 percent for math.

Over the last several years, Crider said the state has added several ways to achieve AYP, including Safe Harbor, Confidence Interval and Growth Model.

Safe Harbor is achieved when a subgroup has greatly improved (moving at least 10 percent of the group to proficiency) from the previous year even through they did not meet the state goal. Confidence Interval takes into account schools or subgroups that come close to meeting their goal. Growth Model takes into account schools or students that are on a path toward proficiency on future PSSA exams, Crider said.

Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School achieved 77.9 percent in reading and 77.3 percent in math and met AYP by growth model in reading and confidence interval in math. The economically disadvantaged subgroup did not make AYP in reading, and the IEP subgroup did not meet AYP in math

Greencastle-Antrim Middle School achieved 81.5 percent in reading and 85.5 percent in math. In reading, the IEP subgroup and the economically disadvantaged subgroup met AYP by safe harbor. In math, the IEP subgroup met AYP by safe harbor/confidence interval while the economically disadvantaged subgroup met AYP by safe harbor.

Greencastle-Antrim High School achieved 73 percent in reading and met AYP by safe harbor. Students earned 61 percent in math and met AYP by safe harbor.

In order to increase the test scores, Crider said the district will concentrate on subgroups as well as increase the use of data conferences and more.

Crider said nothing about the numbers frightens him.

“I know that we have a plan to continue to grow, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” he said.

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