The release of the 2015 State Report Card validates the work that students and teachers have done over the past year as the scores reflect a high level of academic achievement with a focus on individual student growth in all areas. The Franklin Special School District received all A’s in achievement and maintained a high level of academic growth based on the TCAP scores administered last spring to 3rd through 8th-grade students.
The district received all A’s in achievement in the three testing categories — reading/language arts, math, and science. The Report Card also reflects excellent academic gain (value-added assessment) in all subjects. One year of academic gain is reflected with a C on the Report Card. The FSSD received a Report Card grade of A in math, B in science, and C in reading/language arts.
“We are extremely proud of our State Report Card results,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. “As in years past, there are numerous areas to celebrate the work of our students and teachers. In addition, we have areas where we will continue to focus for improvement with the continued goal of having each child experience success. We are fortunate to have tremendous parent partnerships and we are also very appreciative of the support from the Board of Education, which makes decisions with the best interest of children in mind,” Snowden said.
As a whole, FSSD students scored at some of the highest levels in the state, with 74.6 percent proficient or advanced in math, as compared to the state average of 55.6 percent. In reading/language arts, 69 percent of FSSD students scored at the proficient or advanced levels as compared to the state average of 48.4 percent. In science, the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced is 83.3 compared to the state’s percentage of 64.5.
In the third category of Accountability, the FSSD followed the statewide trend in achievement gap closure. Gap closure continues to be a major focus, with particular emphasis on bringing the lowest performing subgroups up at an increased rate by offering intensive intervention and tiered instruction.
Other Report Card highlights for FSSD include:
- 100 percent of teachers are verified by the state as “highly qualified” in the subject areas they teach, and 66 percent have master’s degrees or higher.
- The district’s promotion rate is 99.8 percent, as compared to the state average of 98.4 percent.
- Daily attendance in the FSSD improved by .6 percent, up to 97.3 percent, compared to the state average of 95.7 percent.