District sees early figures in new performance standards
November 19. 2012 5:17PM
With new accountability standards being rolled out for South Dakota education, Dell Rapids High School principal Kim Kludt visited the school board meeting Nov. 12 to speak to early results from the “school performance index” (SPI).
The new system is effective this school year, replacing No Child Left Behind, according to the principal. She outlined pre-secondary and secondary results for Dell Rapids Elementary, Middle and High schools.
For elementary and middle school measurement two of the five instated “indicators” have gone into effect for this school year, Student Achievement and Attendance (see 6A infobox for definitions), while Academic Growth, Effective Teachers & Principals and School Climate will be implemented in fall 2014.
Dells Elementary posted a 34.52 in math points and 34.51 in reading points, both out of 40 possible. Kludt said this essentially says that both areas are fairly evenly matched at that level. As for attendance, DRES achieved a 19.47 score out of 20 possible.
Dells Middle School posted a 33.31 in math points and 29.88 in reading points, as well as a 19.29 in attendance.
DRES was ranked 79th out of 300 total statewide elementary schools, while DRMS was ranked 72nd out of 155 middle schools.
At the high school level, three indicators, Student Achievement, High School Completion and College & Career Ready, have been rolled out for the current school year, while Effective Teachers & Principals and School Climate will be implemented in fall 2014.
Achievement for DRHS was measured at 20.46 in math and 18.55 in reading, out of 25 possible in each. The graduation score was 23.38 out of 25, and readiness was measured at 8.63 in math and 9.82 in English, out of 12.5 points possible.
The local high school sits at 27th out of 145 statewide.
Accounting for the aforementioned scores, schools are then placed into one of four classifications: Exemplary, Status, Progressing and Priority. Dells fits into Progressing, which constitutes a score between the bottom five percent and top 10 percent.
Kludt said that the district sits at the top tier of the widely encompassing Progressing range. “I think that with a little bit of work we’ve got a really good shot at being a Status school.”
For more information on the School Performance Index, visit does.sd.gov/secretary/spi.aspx.
**Student Achievement: Percent proficient and advanced in reading and math in grades 3-8 on state assessment
**Attendance: Measured by physical presence in classroom
**Student Achievement: Percent proficient and advanced in reading and match in grade 11 on state assessment
**High School Completion: Graduation rate and completer rate factored
**College & Career Ready: Percent of ACT math sub-scores 20 or higher and English sub-scores 18 or higher