When looking at the performance of Riverview students against standards (did a student demonstrate academic skill that meets state standards) there are a number of areas to celebrate. Overall, we saw an increase in the number of students who are meeting or exceeding standards from 2014-15 to 2015-16. Riverview continues to perform above both state and local averages. For example, in math, our 3rd grade scores rose from 45% to 46% (holding steady); however, in that 46%, we saw our ‘Exceeds’ percentage rise from 5% to 11%, indicating effectiveness in supporting our advanced math learners. Our ‘Did Not Meet’ scores (lowest category) decrease from 20% to only 9%. This indicates improve effectiveness in supporting struggling math students. At grade 4, the meet/exceed percentages rose from 26% to 34%; 5th grade saw math meets/exceeds percentage rise from 36% to 54%. Keep in mind these are grade level comparisons, so not the same students. When we look at the same group of students from year to year, we see, for example, that last year’s 5th graders scored, in math, 26% meets/exceeds in 4th grade and 54% meets and exceeds in 5th. That is phenomenal improvement, more than doubling the number of students who meet the high standards. Riverview shows a similar trend in English Language Arts. In Science our 5th grade meets/ exceeds scores improved from 36% in 13-14, to 56% in 14-15, to 75% in 15-16. That is incredible improvement.
Our growth scores (shows how a student at our school scores from one year to the next, compared to students across the state with a similar testing history) indicate similar levels of school effectiveness. Most of our ‘Growth Percentiles’, are in the 60, 70, and 80s. The average growth score would be a 50 (middle of the pack). In fact, in all our breakdowns of the data, we have only one growth score, out of 32 possibilities, below the 50th percentile. Out of the same 32 possible ways to look at it, Riverview has 16 scores above the 70th percentile (amazing!). To answer the obvious question, we had a growth percentile of 42.5 for students who scored meets/exceeds in Math from 14-15 to 15-16. We are actively engaged in looking at our instruction related to our students in these scoring bands to improve growth in this area.
Please feel free to contact Mr. Geygan if you have any questions about the data or ideas for school improvement.
Riverview Community Meeting: On Wednesday Oct 12, we will host a Riverview community wide meeting from 6:00-6:30 (followed by our PTO meeting). The topic of discussion: How do we help disenfranchised parents feel more welcomed and engaged in the Riverview Community? This is important for our school as we know the value of parental involvement in student learning. We are looking for our parent community to bring forth ideas on this question. I am hoping to see 40 parents at the meeting; please join us! Child care will be provided.