Interesting conversations regarding the newly released results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) have gone viral across the state of Vermont. Windsor High School, serving students from Windsor, Weathersfield, Hartland, West Windsor, and Cornish is certainly no stranger to these conversations.
The SBAC online test was given to all publicly funded 3-8 and 11th grade students, the only grade assessed in every VT public high school, for its’ second round last May, 2016. The data released by the Vermont Agency of Education shows that discrepancies in literacy and mathematics proficiency across schools in Vermont still exists. While some schools across the state have made significant gains towards meeting proficiency, others have struggled to see much progress at all.
Windsor Schools is pleased to announce that we saw significant gains in student proficiency in mathematics and literacy skills, as specified by the Common Core State Standards, in grades 5, 7, 8 and 11. Further, WHS scores in math were the 11th highest in the state among all high schools! In many ways, Windsor Schools’ defied the odds that older students plummet as they enter late middle and high school grades. Where several schools within the Windsor County region scored below the state average in mathematics and literacy in middle and high school, Windsor Schools’ exceeded state averages.
According to SBAC, a score at, or above proficiency in 11th grade is meant to suggest conditional evidence that a student is ready for entry-level, transferrable, credit bearing college courses.
Although one argument continues to remain that poverty has a significant impact on academic achievement results, Windsor too has its’ own struggles with narrowing the poverty gap. However 2015 and 2016 SBAC data shows that Windsor Schools’ student proficiency in both literacy and mathematics are on the rise across the socioeconomic span.
Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe, stated that, “this data shows that what teachers do really makes a difference.”
Windsor Schools is proud of the progress that our students and teachers have made towards narrowing the achievement gap. We are optimistic that our school district will continue to see improvements in literacy and mathematics across all grade spans.