In August 2013 and immediately after we opened our school, we benchmarked all of our founding students using MAP. The results illustrated in the 3 graphs above and below are from our founding kindergarten students who are now current 3rd graders. Because of their awesome academic growth, we have kept this Academic Family together now for a fourth school year (2016-2017). Many of these students are achieving at high school levels! We congratulate the kids (pictured below) for working so hard, being so excited about their learning and taking ownership for their education. And of course we want to congratulate and recognize the teachers who are responsible for these astonishing results. These teachers continue to keep the bar high for their kids, kick them in the butts when they need it, and push their kids to explore becoming great at what they are able to; nothing more and nothing less. Awesome job Michelle Johnson (Literacy), Leah Bent (Math), Alex Gonzalez (Spanish), and Amanda Newman (Science)! You all are amazing teachers of kids.
We are exceptionally proud of the academic achievement of all of our students. We believe that each child is different and unique and it is our responsibility to “discover, protect, and nurture each child’s journey.” As our school leader Jimmy Arispe continuously reiterates, “It is our responsibility as educators to figure out what a child can be great at and to help cultivate that greatness.” Every child comes into our school at different academic levels and with their own unique set of skills. We are focused on measuring the growth of each individual child while they are at our school, and not whether they can memorize information for the sake of passing a test.
We measure the academic growth of our students (kindergarten – 12th grade) by administering the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) three times per year. MAP is a widely-used nationally-normed computerized self-paced assessment. To learn more about this about this assessment, please visit this site – https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/. Students can take as long as they need to answer questions or work problems, take breaks while they are taking it, and it adjusts to each child based on their responses by getting more or less difficult.
With the academic organization of our school in Academic Families in kindergarten through 8th grades, we are able to very specifically understand and analyze the academic growth of our students. With an Academic Family of 3-4 teachers having the same family of students for at least 3 years at a time, the accountability for a student’s academic achievement in a particular content area is more easily identified than in other traditional educational environments. Additionally, our teachers are asked to only be experts at one thing – one content area. They teach one content to a larger group of students. Teachers and students are going deep rather than wide and the results are nothing short of amazing.
(Above) Founding Kindergarten students who have continuously outshined their national peers.
Additional School-Wide Academic Results and Achievements
The 3rd graders aren’t the only ones making awesome academic progress. The following is a summary of the rest of our kids and school across the content areas and again as demonstrated by their MAP results:
-66% of the average current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean since they have started at SAE.
-65% of the current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean as of Fall 2016.
-Kindergarten consistently had higher growth across three years (2014-2017).
-5th grade had higher growth during two of three years (2014-2017).
-2nd to 4th grade cohort increased with students meeting projected growth from 0% to 33%.
-3rd to 5th grade cohort increased with students meeting projected growth from 14% to 48%.
-3rd to 5th grade cohort increased school norm percentile from 1st percentile to 30th
-81% of the average current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean since they have started at SAE.
-77% of the current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean as of Fall 2016.
-In 2016-2017 MAP Projected Proficiency Summary Report, 67% of SAE students were on track in Reading based on the ACT College Readiness report (Grades 5 – 8).
-When compared to Cobb’s elementary Milestone Reading scores, SAE elementary (3rd grade to 5th grade) students performed at higher levels based on the projected proficiency scores (Levels 3 and 4).
-SAE compared to Cobb
3rd grade – 53.3 – 47.4
4th grade – 61.9 – 54.6
5th grade – 54.1 – 50.6
-When compared to Cobb’s 7th grade Milestone Reading scores, SAE 7th graders performed at a higher level based on the projected proficiency score (Levels 3 and 4).
-In 2016-2017, 7th grade Reading school norm was at the 87th percentile and 67% of 7th graders met the projected growth.
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-80% of the average current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean since they have started at SAE.
-80% of the current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean as of Fall 2016.
-In 2016-2017, 6th grade had 64% of students meet projected growth.
-Three of five student cohorts increased in percent of students meeting the projected growth-
2nd to 4th grade cohort – 20% to 48%
3rd to 5th grade cohort – 23% to 48%
4th to 6th grade cohort – 41% to 64%
-83% of the average current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean since they have started at SAE.
-83% of the current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean as of Fall 2016.
-3rd grade had the highest growth two out of three years (2014-2017).
7th grade school norm was at the 80th percentile and 71% of 7th graders met the projected growth.
-4th to 6th grade cohort increased from 29% to 50% of students meeting the projected growth.
-4th to 6th grade cohort increased from the 1st percentile to the 43rd.
-5th to 7th grade cohort increased from the 11th percentile to the 80th.