The State Department of Education’s revamped K-12 report card, first unveiled in December, is now updated with 2019 assessment results, other data and new features.

Overall, Teton School District 401 saw improvements in math and reading scores across a variety of schools including Teton Middle School, a school which worked to improve overall scores since the State Department of Education had designated school as “needing improvement” in 2018.

“Last year, 247 Idaho schools showed achievement gaps in one or more student subgroups [for example, students with disabilities or English language learners]. This year, that number has dropped to 188 schools,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said in a news release last week.

“That is wonderful testimony to the efforts of Idaho’s local educators, and of the State Department of Education teams giving those educators support where they need it most.”

Nearly 500 schools (467) met their interim goals in one or more measures, and 178 schools were named top performers, placing in the 90th percentile in performance areas including English Language Arts and math achievement, performance growth and graduation rate.

The focus of Idaho’s new accountability plan, approved by the U.S. Department of Education in 2018, is to support schools and students to achieve by celebrating success, measuring growth and partnering with local school leadership teams to identify specific supports and plans for improvement. Many Idaho schools that received targeted assistance to fill achievement gaps also were celebrated as goal-makers, Assessment and Accountability Director Karlynn Laraway noted.

District scores show improvements year over year

The ISAT assessment, administered each spring to all public school students in grades 3-8 and 10, gauges their proficiency in Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literacy. The 2019 results show steady, if small, improvements over the past few years. The percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in ELA increased at four grade levels – 4, 5, 6 and 7 – and remained the same as 2018’s rates in the remaining three.

Tetonia Elementary School saw a 13 percent increase from fall 2018 to spring 2019 in Idaho Reading Indicator scoring 69.9 percent.in the spring to the 56.5 percent in the fall. The District percentile this spring was 68.4 percent and the state was 70.4 percent for Kindergarten through third grade. Tetonia also earned a 50 percent spring score for mathematics, with the District average for those grades at 31 percent and the state at 45.2 percent. Tetonia Elementary School earned 40.9 percent in English Language Arts and Literacy while the district came in a 48.5 percent and the state at 55.6 percent. Tetonia was listed goal maker and top performer by the state for its 2019 over 2018 scores.

Driggs Elementary School saw an 18 percent increase in from fall 2018 to spring 2019 in Idaho Reading Indicator scoring 60.9 percent in the spring to the 42.4 in the fall. The District percentile this spring was 68.4 percent and the state was 70.4 percent for Kindergarten through third grade. Driggs also earned a 24.6 percent spring score for mathematics, with the District average for those grades at 31 percent and the state at 45.2 percent. Driggs Elementary School earned 32.4 percent in English Language Arts and Literacy while the district came in a 48.5 percent and the state at 55.6 percent. Driggs was listed goal maker and top performer by the state for its 2019 over 2018 scores.

Victor Elementary School saw an 19 percent increase in from fall 2018 to spring 2019 in Idaho Reading Indicator scoring 82.1 percent in the spring to the 63.1 in the fall. The District percentile this spring was 68.4 percent and the state was 70.4 percent for Kindergarten through third grade. Victor also earned a 64.4 percent spring score for mathematics, with the District average for those grades at 31 percent and the state at 45.2 percent. Victor Elementary School earned 54.3 percent in English Language Arts and Literacy while the district came in a 48.5 percent and the state at 55.6 percent. Victor was listed goal maker by the state for its 2019 over 2018 scores.

Rendezvous Upper Elementary School earned 48.7 percent proficiency to its 2018 score of 44.8 percent in English Language Arts and Literacy. The District average was 48.5 percent and the state average was 55.6 percent. The school a slight decrease in math earning a score of 35.7 percent over the 2018 score of 41.4. The District average for math is 31 percent and the state average is 45.2 percent. And in science, the school earned a 52 percent proficiency rate with the District sitting at 48.2 percent and the state at 59.6 percent. RUES was listed goal maker by the state for its 2019 over 2018 scores. The school was also targeted for additional state support this year.

Teton Middle School upped its spring’s scores. The school earned 51.1 percent proficiency to its 2018 score of 31.9 percent in English Language Arts and Literacy. The District average was 48.5 percent and the state average was 55.6 percent. The school saw a similar jump in math earning a score of 28.1 percent over the 2018 score of 18.2. The District average for math is 31 percent and the state average is 45.2 percent. And in science, the school earned a 43.6 percent proficiency rate with the District sitting at 48.2 percent and the state at 59.6 percent. The school was also targeted for additional state support this year.

Teton High School earned 46 percent proficiency to its 2018 score of 38.4 percent in English Language Arts and Literacy. The District average was 48.5 percent and the state average was 55.6 percent. The school saw a similar jump in math earning a score of 19 percent over the 2018 score of 13.8. The District average for math is 31 percent and the state average is 45.2 percent. And in science the school earned a score of 68.8 percent with the District sitting at 48.2 percent and the state at 59.6 percent. THS was listed goal maker by the state for its 2019 over 2018 scores.

The high’s school’s graduation rate sits at 94.6 percent for 2018, down from 97.2 in 2017. The district average is 89 percent and the state average is 80.6 percent.

Basin High School, the alternative high school in the Teton 401 District earned a jump in its graduation rate moving from 45.5 percent in 2017 to 50 percent in 2018. The school had a 63.6 percent five-year graduation rate for 2018.

The new online IRI assessment is given in fall and spring to all Idaho public school students in kindergarten through third grade, measuring five foundational reading skills – Alphabetic Knowledge, Phonemic Awareness, Vocabulary, Comprehension and Fluency – to ensure students are learning to read so they can read to learn. Results at all four grade levels showed tremendous improvement between the beginning of the school year and the spring, with proficiency jumping from 45 percent to 64.1 percent in kindergarten, from 42.9 percent to 67.5 percent for first-graders, from 60.4 percent to 75.9 percent for second-graders and from 61.2 percent to 73.7 percent for third-graders.

The updated report card is available online at idahoschools.org. New accountability data, including state, district and school results from the 2019 Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and Idaho Reading Indicator, also are on the SDE’s Accountability page.

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