TCAP Scores Provide More Evidence of FSSD Student Success

In the state’s first release of testing data from the 2014-2015 TCAP, the Franklin Special School District continues to see significant and overwhelming evidence of student success. Compared to all other districts, the FSSD has an impressive percentage of students who demonstrate proficiency or above on the state tests. In a time of very rigorous teaching and learning expectations, the FSSD continues to impress by remaining in the top eight performing districts in the state. In fact, out of all 144 school districts, FSSD student achievement ranked 7th in reading/language arts and 8th in math and science. “In the last few years, teachers and administrators have become very good at identifying student strengths and weaknesses and work diligently to provide each child with specific targeted instruction,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden.

This initial release of data provides districts with a glimpse of student performance from the previous school year to the current year, especially as it relates to achievement targets and gap closure between specific subgroups and their respective comparison groups.

The Department of Education has reported that statewide growth in grades 3-8 reading/language arts dropped slightly and is an area of continued need for improvement. Statewide results in grades 3-8 showed an increase in math and science proficiency, with a drop in reading; social studies was not calculated this year as it was a field test. Comparatively, FSSD growth in grades 3-8 reading/language arts and math improved (.1 percent and 3 percent respectively), and dropped slightly in science (2.8 percent).

2015 TCAP: Percent Proficient or Advanced

Subject

State

FSSD

3-8 R/LA

48.4%

69.0%  

3-8 Math

55.6%

74.6%

3-8 Science

64.5%

83.3%

Subgroup Performance

Also released is the performance of each subgroup indicating the percentage Proficient and Advanced. The 2015 TCAP scores reveal that all nine FSSD subgroups improved in the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in reading/language arts or math; with six of the nine subgroups demonstrating improvement in both subject areas. Of particular note is the FSSD’s performance at a significantly higher level than the state as a whole in all subgroups in the percentage of students Proficient and Advanced in both RLA and math:

  • FSSD Asian students outperformed the state by 10.1 percentage points in RLA and 6.8 percentage points in math.
  • FSSD Black students outperformed the state by 13.8 percentage points in RLA and 11.6 percentage points in math.
  • FSSD Hispanic students outperformed the state by 15.1 percentage points in RLA and 12.1 percentage points in math.
  • FSSD White students outperformed the state by 25.3 percentage points in RLA and 22.7 percentage points in math.
  • FSSD Native American students outperformed the state by 19.8 percentage points in RLA and 33.9 percentage points in math.
  • FSSD Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students outperformed the state by 23 percentage points in RLA and 15.6 percentage points in math.
  • FSSD Economically Disadvantaged (ED) students outperformed the state by 12.5 percentage points in RLA and 12.3 percentage points in math.
  • FSSD English Language Learners (ELL) outperformed the state by 11.6 percentage points in RLA and 13.2 percentage points in math.
  • FSSD Students with Disabilities (SWD) outperformed the state by 8.8 percentage points in RLA and 12.3 percentage points in math.

Student Preparedness

Worth noting in this year’s data, is the performance of the bellwether grades of 5 and 8, which showed gains in the percentage of students Proficient or Advanced in all three tested subject areas of reading/language arts, math and science. Additionally, 100 percent of students who took the high school credit End of Course Algebra I test scored at the Proficient or Advanced level. “We are confident that the students leaving the Franklin Special School District are prepared for the demand of high school and are capable of achieving great things. It is our honor to serve these children and their families throughout their elementary and middle school years. We appreciate the great partnership we have with parents, who work just as hard at home helping their students as they strive for the goal of college and career readiness,” Snowden said.

“I am very proud of our teaching professionals, who continue to focus on providing high quality instruction to enhance the achievement of all FSSD students. Our students have continually shown positive results on standardized testing and we will celebrate the many successes as we strive to always look for improvement,” Snowden said. “We fully understand that any success we have is not celebrated in isolation. We appreciate the efforts of everyone who helps us maintain our commitment to excellence, from our teachers and paraprofessionals to our parents and community volunteers – they all play a huge part in helping our students achieve their goals.”