Windsor High School, serving students from Windsor, Weathersfield, Hartland, West Windsor, and Cornish outperformed most area high schools in one or more categories in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), a new standardized state assessment. All Vermont schools participated in the SBAC during the spring of 2015. Scores are determined by the percentage of students that are at or above the grade level standards being assessed (% of Students Proficient of Above).
Rebecca Holcombe, Vermont’s Secretary of Education, stated, “it is impossible to expect every single child in every school to score as 'proficient' Some of our students are capable, but may have unique learning needs that make it difficult for them to accurately demonstrate their strengths on standardized tests.”
These results also reflect the fact that Windsor High School outperformed most area high schools in the 2013 SATs, the latest published results on the AOE website, in all categories.
Although we know that tests are an important part of determining a student’s growing proficiency, they do not capture everything that is important for students to learn. Under the Vermont Educational Quality Standards (EQS), there are five additional education priorities that students should demonstrate growing proficiency: scientific inquiry, citizenship, physical health and wellness, artistic expression and 21st century transferrable skills.
Windsor Schools is proud of the academic progress our students have made. We are committed to continuous school improvement, and supporting all of our students work towards meeting high academic standards. With the implementation of our newly adopted ELA and Math curriculum, emphasis on high quality instructional practices, and ability to personalize learning, we are confident that we will be able to meet our goal.