Friday, September 15, 2017

2016-17 HUUSD Assessment Results

HUUSD and Vermont 2016-17 Assessment Results Released

On 9/13/17 Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe announced statewide results from the 2016-17 Smarter Balanced Assessments, a set of computer adaptive tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics developed by a national consortium currently made up of 15 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian Education. This was the third year Vermont students, statewide, participated in the Smarter Balanced program.

These tests, which were administered this spring to students in grades three through eight and grade 11, were designed to assess student mastery of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. These standards are deliberately ambitious, to ensure we have high expectations for our students. Over time, the results will provide community members, teachers and parents with an increasingly reliable and accurate snapshot of children’s mastery of these standards as well as the progress of our schools at improving the performance of our students relative to these standards.

HUUSD and Vermont’s statewide results:

MATHEMATICS

2017 Smarter Balanced Results

Proficient Scaled Score
STATE of VERMONT
HUUSD
Scale Score
Total Proficient and Above
Scale Score
Total Proficient and Above Proficient

Grade 3
2436
2438
52%
2452
62%
Grade 4
2485
2476
47%
2488
54%
Grade 5
2528
2505
42%
2514
46%
Grade 6
2552
2519
39%
2535
41%
Grade 7
2567
2541
44%
2552
50%
Grade 8
2586
2555
41%
2551
43%
Grade 11
2628
2555
37%
2549
25%


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS


2017 Smarter Balanced Results

Proficient Scaled Score
STATE of VERMONT
HUUSD
Scale Score
Total Proficient and Above
Scale Score
Total Proficient and Above Proficient

Grade 3
2432
2425
49%
2442
60%
Grade 4
2473
2466
59%
2497
63%
Grade 5
2502
2508
55%
2520
61%
Grade 6
2531
2531
52%
2562
72%
Grade 7
2552
2555
55%
2570
59%
Grade 8
2567
2570
55%
2548
51%
Grade 11
2583
2599
59%
2580
54%







Like several other SBAC consortium member states, Vermont saw its scores decline slightly this past year. “The relationship between strong academic skills and financial security and wellbeing is stronger than it has ever been, regardless of whether our students are headed to careers or college when they graduate. Tests don’t measure everything that matters to a happy and successful life, including our ability to participate in democratic life,  but there is no path to prosperity for students who don’t master reading, writing and mathematics,” said Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe. “We were disappointed to see those score declines. The achievement gaps between our vulnerable youth and students with greater privilege remain, and in some cases were narrowed, but this was largely a result of score declines for more privileged groups. As we work to implement more personalized learning and flexible pathways, we need to make sure we continue to challenge and engage all our students, while providing the extra support our more vulnerable children need to thrive. And, we need to support our schools and teachers as they figure out how to support better learning outcomes.” This is the first year scores will be used to calculate the growth measures (to show change in performance from the preceding year) in Vermont’s state plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Federal dollars are used to provide extra support for students for whom those dollars will make the greatest difference. 

The Smarter Balanced Assessments, which challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills in areas such as critical thinking, analytical writing and problem solving, are computer adaptive tests, administered online. Computer adaptive tests adjust the difficulty of the test question based on how a test taker responds to each successive question. If a student answers incorrectly, for example, the computer delivers a slightly easier question. If the student answers correctly, the next question is a bit harder. This process continues until the best possible prediction of a student’s ability is determined. This means very few children take a test that feels too hard or too easy. It also means the test can provide a more precise measure of what students can and cannot do.

Comparative results showing HUUSD in relation to other schools like us and showing result over the three years will be compiled and posted to the HUUSD website soon. This entire data report will include demographic breakouts including Gender, Social Economic Status, and IEP comparisons.  




















Source: Vermont Agency of Education
Press Release 09/13/17

Friday, September 1, 2017

Proficiency Feedback Form for Middle and High School Teachers

Throughout the year we will be collecting feedback from Middle and High School teachers on any of the Learning Expectations, Performance Indicators, or Proficiency Rubrics that you are using this year. Your feedback could be about anything -- something missing, something to consider, grammatical error, etc... In Spring of 2018 a team will convene to review the feedback and tune things up for 2018-19. You can add your feedback anytime throughout the year- and fill out as many forms as needed. You can access the form here and in drive

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Weekly Update Sunday August 27th, 2017


MAP Assessment Window 2017-2018


Thanks again for those of you in attendance at this week MAP Assessment Training. Following the training I had a chance to do a quick huddle with a few of the principals and we have established an amended administration schedule for this school year. As a reminder, MAP Growth will be given in Grades K-10 in both Mathematics and Literacy. MAP Skills, the progress monitoring tool, will be brought on in the second half of the school year for grades 3-8. The updated Administration Window is listed below. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Administration Window 2017-18

Fall 
Grades 1-10
Sept 11-22, 2017
Make Up Tests - week of 9/25
All testing completed by 9/29

Winter
Kindergarten -Required
Grade 1-10 -- Optional
Feb 5-16, 2018
Make Up Tests- Week of 2/19
All testing completed by 2/23

Spring 
Grades K-10
May 14-25, 2018
Make Up Tests - week of 5/28
All testing completed by 6/1

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Mathematics Program Evaluation Update

The group piloting the Elementary Mathematics Programs for review were provided an overview of  Investigations 3rd Edition by company representative, Paula Freidson on 8/24. The group was also given a number of materials including teachers editions, student workbooks, and cards games for use during the pilot. There are additional materials still available if anyone wants to stop by Central Office to pick them up. The only caveat being that used materials need to be returned to the company if we decide not to purchase Investigations next year. Either way the student workbooks are ours to keep.

Meanwhile the group fine tuned the program evaluation rubric we will use to rate the programs as we proceed through the pilot. Please click here to see the rubric. If you have additional questions you can contact me directly- or reach out to one of the committee reps. The group next meets on Inservice Day 10/6 for an overview of the Bridges Mathematics Program, by South Burlington teacher Kim Audette.

Fayston School: Doug Bergstein (5th), Jean Goldhammer (2nd)
Warren School: Elizabeth Tarno (5th)
Waitsfield Elementary: Ann Beattie (Kindergarten), Ali Hale (4th)
Moretown School: Brenda Hartshorn (Kindergarten), Deb Fadden (4th)
Crossett Brook Middle School: Melinda Anderman (5th)
Thatcher Brook Primary School: Pam Menz (2nd), Anne Hutchinson (3rd)