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Dist. 5 Posts Top PASS Scores

The results of this year’s PASS test show steady improvement in the percentage of District Five students scoring “Exemplary,” the highest level possible on the test.

In several grades, the District posted its highest numbers ever in the three years the statewide test has been administered. For instance, the percentage of Third Grade students and Seventh Grade students who scored “Exemplary,” the highest level possible on the PASS test, was the highest ever in all four subject areas tested – English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science and Social Studies. 

The District’s Fourth Grade had the largest ever percentage of students scoring Exemplary in ELA and Math. Likewise, Fifth Grade Math and Science, Sixth Grade ELA and Social Studies, and Eighth Grade ELA and Science posted their highest percentages in the three years of PASS testing.

The test was administered to students in grades 3 through 8 in four subjects: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. A fifth subject, Writing, was tested in grades 5 and 8 only.  

The test shows the District’s strongest areas are Science and Social Studies. For example, District Five, a total of 29.6 percent of District Five students scored Exemplary in Science, which ranks the District 7th out of the state’s 86 school districts. A total of 43.3 percent of District Five students scored Exemplary in Social Studies, which also ranks the district 7th out of 86 districts.

PASS has three scoring levels:

  •  Exemplary – The student demonstrated exemplary performance in meeting the grade level standard. 
  •  Met – The student met the grade-level standard.
  •  Not met – The student did not meet the grade-level standard.

The PASS numbers show that the District generally increased the percentage of students meeting standards or scoring Exemplary in the four subjects tested in grades 3-8.  The sole exception came in the percentage of students passing ELA, which remained flat this year, although the District saw a slight increase in the percentage of students who scored Exemplary in ELA this year. 

“We want to congratulate our students, parents and teachers on their hard work and success as reflected in this important measure of academic achievement,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. 

“These scores are a valuable tool for analyzing the subject areas where our students are strongest, as well as the areas where we need to focus extra attention,” she said. “While we are pleased at the progress our students have made, our goal is to use the PASS data to help make all of our students successful in all five subject areas. There’s still a lot of work to do.” 

The state’s current accountability test, PASS was first administered during the 2008-2009 school year.  Last year, the State Board of Education adopted standards proposed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative in the subjects of English language arts, writing and mathematics.  This decision will require the adoption of a new accountability test beginning in the 2014-2015 school year for these subjects and could be administered to most students by computer.

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