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WAPS test data shows achievement gap persists (08/27/2014)


     
by SARAH SQUIRES and

AMELIA WEDEMEYER

The results from this year’s Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are a mixed bag of sorts for Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS), WAPS elementary students earned impressive scores, but there were lackluster secondary test results and a pronounced achievement gap for students of color and students from lower income families.

“We are very pleased to know we are trending in the right direction, but we cannot rest with slight gains,” said WAPS Superintendent Stephen West of the results. “We must press forward with a more aggressive agenda that increases student achievement at a more rapid rate.”

WAPS elementary students exceeded state standards in reading and math, with Washington-Kosciusko (W-K) Elementary School fourth grade students performing exceptionally well. According to MCA data, 90.4 percent of all W-K fourth grade students met or exceeded state standards in math. In a breakdown of the data by socioeconomic status, 100 percent of W-K fourth grade students who are not eligible for free/reduced lunch met or exceeded the standards, while 77.4 percent of W-K fourth grade students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch made the mark.

WAPS achievement gap

The achievement gap at WAPS begins to widen between various student groups as students reach middle school, where lower test scores are recorded among the general population as well. Winona Middle School (WMS) fifth grade MCA reading scores showed a prominent achievement gap between black and white students, with 72.4 percent of white students performing to state standards and only 23.1 percent of black students performing to state standards. WMS fifth grade MCA science scores also displayed a large disparity between black and white students, with 71.6 percent of white students meeting standards, while only 15.4 percent of black students tested met the same standards.

The achievement gap among students of lower socioeconomic status also increased at WMS. WMS eighth grade reading scores showed that 46.4 percent of students not eligible for free/reduced lunch met state standards, compared to 22.3 percent of students who receive free/reduced lunch. In fact, there was an achievement gap between students of lower and higher socioeconomic status at several WAPS elementary schools. The reading scores from Goodview Elementary third grade students showed that there was a significant achievement gap among third grade students, with 61.9 percent of students not eligible for free/reduced lunch passing state standards and only 21.1 percent of students on free/reduced lunch passing state standards. According to the MCA data this year (see chart), WAPS has a large achievement gap among students of different socioeconomic levels. When asked about the achievement gap between WAPS students who receive free/reduced lunch and those who don't, West said that most of the students who qualify for free/reduced lunch also fall within other student ethnic groups or other subgroups, and by raising the performance level of other such student groups, WAPS will subsequently lower the achievement gap between students on different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. “If you raise the achievement of all students and close the disparities between the highest and lowest performing students, the gap between free and reduced students and non-free and reduced students will decrease,” West explained.

WALC

MCA math and reading data from the Winona Area Learning Center (WALC) compared to the same data from Winona Senior High School (WSHS) students showed major disparities between the two schools.

Both struggled with the "graduation math test," which is taken in 11th grade and for which many students who cannot pass it receive a state waiver to graduate. While 50.8 percent of 11th grade students at WSHS met state standards in math, only 4.8 percent of 11th grade students at the WALC met state standards. In reading, 10th grade students at WALC fared a little better, with 27.3 percent measuring up to state standards. Fifty-four percent of WSHS 10th grade students met the state’s reading standard.

Elementary successes

Collectively, WAPS elementary schools performed above the state average in all elementary testing, which includes third and fourth grade math, and third and fourth grade reading. (See chart.) Math scores for WAPS elementary schools were exceptional, with 90.4 percent of W-K fourth grade students, 78.3 percent of Jefferson Elementary School third graders, 75.6 percent of Goodview Elementary School fourth grade students, 83.4 percent of fourth grade students at Rollingstone Community School and 82.4 percent of third grade students at Madison Elementary School all meeting state standards and exceeding state averages. “The results show continuous progress by our students and give us a strong indication that the district’s instructional programs are aligned with the state’s standards in reading and math,” West said.

The MCA results were released as the WAPS Board was discussing a potential new administrator who would oversee test scores and coordinate efforts to improve them. While the board initially planned to vote on the new position this month, it delayed discussion of the proposed WAPS research, evaluation and assessment coordinator. West said the new administrator would assist teachers in improving student achievement by analyzing data from test scores, such as MCA results. The board opted to delay a vote on or discussion of the position until next year.

Keeping reading the Winona Post for more on state test scores and student achievement, including information on districts across the region.

Reading achievement gap

Jefferson Elementary achievement gap

Grade 3 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 40 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 82 percent met standards

Grade 4 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 37.5 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 51.2 percent met standards

Madison Elementary achievement gap

Grade 3 reading

Free/reduced lunch: subgroup too small; no information available

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 67.9 percent met standards

Grade 4 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 50 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 65.2 percent met standards

WMS achievement gap

Grade 5 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 45.9 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 78.7 percent met standards

Black students: 23.1 percent met standards

White students: 72.4 percent met standards

Grade 6 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 44.1 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 65.2 percent met standards

Black students: 30 percent met standards

White students: 60.2 percent met standards

Grade 7 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 35.8 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 64.8 percent met standards

Black students: 42.9 percent met standards

White students: 56 percent met standards

Grade 8 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 22.3 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 46.4 percent met standards

Asian/Pacific Islander students: 20 percent met standards

Black students: subgroup too small; no information available

White students: 47.7 percent met standards

WSHS achievement gap

Grade 10 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 39.2 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 61.5 percent met standards

Asian/Pacific Islander students: 23.1 percent met standards

Black students: subgroup too small; no information available

White students: 57.8 percent met standards

Hispanic students: 40 percent met standards

Rollingstone Elementary: subgroups too small; no information available

W-K Elementary achievement gap

Grade 3 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 51.7 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 72.4 percent met standards

Grade 4 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 56.6 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 90.4 percent met standards

Goodview Elementary achievement gap

Grade 3 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 21.1 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 61.9 percent met standards

Grade 4 reading

Free/reduced lunch: 42.1 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 68.1 percent met standards

Math achievement gap

Jefferson achievement gap

Grade 3 math

Free/reduced lunch: 42.1 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 92 percent met standards

Grade 4 math

Free/reduced lunch: 54.2 percent passed

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 83.7 percent met standards

Madison achievement gap

Grade 3 math

Free/reduced lunch: subgroup too small/no data

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 82.1 percent met standards

Grade 4 math

Free/reduced lunch: 45.5 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 60.9 percent met standards

WMS achievement gap

Grade 5 math

Free/reduced lunch: 36.7 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 73 percent met standards

Grade 6 math

Free/reduced lunch: 37.1 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 66.7 percent met standards

Grade 7 math

Free/reduced lunch: 30.5 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 68.3 percent met standards

Grade 8 math

Free/reduced lunch: 34.2 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 71.2 percent met standards

WSHS achievement gap

Grade 11 math (“Grad Math”)

Free/reduced lunch: 35.7 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 56.8 percent met standards

Rollingstone Community School: subgroups too small; no information available

W-K achievement gap

Grade 3 math

Free/reduced lunch: 67.9 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 79.3 percent met standards

Grade 4 math

Free/reduced lunch: 77.4 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 100 percent met standards

Goodview Elementary achievement gap

Grade 3 math

Free/reduced lunch: 57.9 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 90.5 percent met standards

Grade 4 math

Free/reduced lunch: 63.2 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 86.4 percent met standards

WALC achievement gap

Grade 11 math (“Grad Math”)

Free/reduced lunch: 6.3 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: subgroup too small; no information available

Science achievement gap

WMS achievement gap

Grade 5 science

Free/reduced lunch: 45 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 79.8 percent met standards

Black students: 15.4 percent met standards

White students: 71.6 percent met standards

Grade 8 science

Free/reduced lunch: 64.5 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 67.8 percent met standards

WSHS achievement gap

High school science

Free/reduced lunch: 22.2 percent met standards

Not eligible for free/reduced lunch: 43.2 percent met standards

Hispanic students: 20 percent met standards

White students: 39 percent met standards

 

 

 
 
 

 

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