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Harrison Elementary NJ improves Grade 3 Math scores by 10.06%

The 2015-16 standardized tests have been finally completed, following which we are looking back at some interesting facts from the second successful year of PARCC completion in New Jersey. The comparison will be made between the 2015 and the 2016 scores of PARCC.

According to nj.com –

  • Student scores have improved on every exam in the second year of PARCC testing in New Jersey with an exception of Grade 11 English.
  • Seventh Grade English has the best performance with 54% of students scoring enough to meeting the expectations for college and career readiness.
  • Algebra II test has the lowest score with only 25 percent students earning enough scores to meet the expectations.

  • However, majority of the students still failed to make the grade on each of the high school exams in Math and English. In 2015-16 Harrison Elementary School, New Jersey is one of a few schools that have shown a noticeable increase in its Grade 3 Math Scores. Harrison Elementary has been using Lumos Learning Resources

    Methodology:

    We conducted a study to understand the impact of Lumos Learning programs on student achievement. To establish a benchmark, we identified two schools that performed on par with Harrison Elementary School in the 2015-16 PARCC . Their state-wide rankings were obtained from schooldigger.com for two academic years (2014-15 and 2015-16). The following infographic, summarizes the results of this study. ccs-nj By comparing the scores for Grade 3 Math, it is noted that Harrison Elementary has improved its scores by 10.06% as compared to its previous performance in the PARCC 2014-15 assessments.

    Source:

    nj.com

    About:

    Harrison Elementary School
    Lumos Learning

    Individual Education Program (IEP)

    What is IEP

    The ‘Individualized Education Program is also called the IEP. This is a document that is developed for school child who needs special education. IEP is created by a team and is reviewed periodically.

     

    Individualised objectives of a child who has a disability, as defined by federal regulations is available in IEP. It is intended to help children reach educational goals more easily. Individual Education Program is tailored to the individual student’s needs.
     

    The IEP describes how the student learns and demonstrates that learning. Information on what teachers and service providers do to help the student learn more effectively is available in the IEP. Developing an IEP requires assessing students in all areas related to the known disabilities. This is done simultaneously considering ability to access the general curriculum. In doing so, needs to conisder how the disability affects the student’s learning. It involves forming goals and objectives that correspond to the needs of the student, and choosing a placement in the least restrictive environment possible for the student.

     

    IEP provisions for various state assessments

    Below is a ready reckoner of the various accommodations provided for various assessments:

    Sl No Accommodation ACT Aspire LEAP iStep+ GMAS FSA MAP OST
    1 Text-to-Speech. (English Audio + Orienting Description) Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    2 Braille Contracted with Tactile Graphics Y Only for PBT Y Only for PBT Only for PBT Only for PBT Y
    3 Large Print: Paper version Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 Test- Magnification and Browser Zoom features Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 Line reader – Visual support tool for reading Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6 Abacus Y N N Y Y N N
    7 Answer-Masking:
    CBT: Examinee may use masking tool to cover up or reveal multiple choice answer options to support memory and focus, eliminating distractions.
    Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    8 Answer Eliminator Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    9 Spanish Text + Audio: Full Test Content Translation into North American Spanish language text with audio (Spanish) read-aloud option built in (Includes test directions). Grade 3-6 Y N N N N N
    10 Word to word dictionary Grade 3-6 Not for ELA Not for ELA Not for ELA Not for ELA Not for ELA Not for ELA
    11 Scratch Paper Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    12 Special Calculators Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    13 Dictate Responses Y N N N Y Y N
    14 Extra Time Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    15 Keyboard or AAC + Local Print: Y N N N Y N N
    16 Mark item for review: Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    17 Breaks—Supervised: Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    18 Special Seating/Grouping Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    19 Location for Movement Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    20 Individual test administration Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    21 Administration at home for homebound examinee Y N N N N N N
    22 Other Setting Y N N N N N N
    23 Audio Environment: Modified acoustic environment that is locally provided. (i.e. Examinee whisper-phone, FM system, local acoustic enhancements, or noise quieting headphones to screen out auditory distractions) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    24 Visual Environment:
    Modified visual/lighting environment that is locally provided. (i.e. Special room lighting, light box under paper test, or use of study carrel to screen out visual distractions)
    Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    25 Physical/Motor Equipment:
    Includes locally provided personalized adaptive furniture, balance or positioning equipment to support examinee physical interaction, enhance motor control during testing, and/or reduce fatigue; or other equipment provided locally to provide fine motor interaction support (i.e. large grip pencil, or adaptive keyboard). NOTE: This feature does NOT include Augmented/Assistive Communication (AAC) devices or procedures. This support also does not include motor/physical prompting of any kind.
    Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    26 Directions in Native Language
    (Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Urdu, Viatnmese)
    N Y N N N Y N
    27 Equation Builder N Y N N N N N
    28 Book Mark N Y Y N Y N Y
    29 Contrasting Colors/Reverse Colors Under development Y Y Y Y Y Y
    30 N Y Y N Y N N
    31 Instructions:
    The “Question mark” button will display the instructions window.
    Instruction based on question. Ex. how to do drag-and-drop
    N Y N N N N N
    32 General Administration Directions Clarified (by test administrator) N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    33 General Administration Directions Read Aloud and Repeated as Needed (by test administrator) N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    34 Highlighter N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    35 Sign the directions Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    36 Sign test questions Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    37 Stimulus Expansion N N N N Y N N
    38 CBT Worksheets N N N N Y N N
    39 CBT Work folders N N N N Y N N

    Northridge Elementary School improves Student Achievement Scores by 536 points in 2014-15 PARCC Assessment

    Following the completion of this year’s standardized testing, we look back at some interesting facts from the first year of PARCC test in Colorado, in comparison with the CO-TCAP (Transitional Colorado Assessment Program).

    According to a source on Chalkbeat, Colorado – Most Colorado students were far from the level they were supposed to be in English Language Arts and Math. In Language Arts, the percentages of Colorado students meeting or exceeding expectations ranged from as high as 43% in 4th grade to as low as 37% 10th grade. Students did even worse in math, ranging from about 19% in 8th grade to 37% in 3rd grade.

    In 2014-15, Northridge Elementary School of Highlands Ranch, Colorado was one of the very few that had shown an incredible improvement in scores across multiple grades in both Math and ELA. Northridge Elementary School has been using Lumos Learning study programs to support students’ skills practice and assessment practice for 3 years.

    Comparisons and Studies have been made for both Grade 3 and Grade 5 in Math and ELA

    Methodology: We conducted a study to understand the impact of Lumos Learning programs on student achievement. To establish a benchmark, we identified two schools that performed on par with Northridge Elementary School in the 2013-14 CO-TCAP . Their state-wide rankings were obtained from schooldigger.com for two academic years (2013-14 and 2014-15). The following infographics, summarize the results of this study.

    Northridge Elementary School Grade 3 Math and ELA PARCC Score Report 2014-15

    By comparing the student achievement scores for Grade 3 on CO-TCAP and PARCC tests, we note that Northridge Elementary School has shown tremendous improvement of 91.9% in ELA and 75.59% in Math.

    Northridge Elementary School Grade 5 Math and ELA PARCC Score Report 2014-15

    In Grade 5 rankings, Northridge Elementary School again shows a phenomenal improvement in both math and ELA. The advancement in math is seen even when the other two schools’ scores have dropped significantly. As seen in the graph, we observe an improvement of 67.35% in ELA and 55.56% in Math.

    Northridge Elementary Schools has improved scores in Grades 3 and 5 for both Math and ELA.

    Grade 3 Math and ELA.

    Northridge Elementary Grade 3 Math
    Northridge Elementary Grade 3 ELA

    Grade 5 Math and ELA.

    Northridge Elementary Grade 5 Math
    Northridge Elementary Grade 5 ELA

    About Lumos Learing:

    Lumos Learning is a division of Lumos Information Services, a publisher of innovative tools that enhance classroom learning for children in K-12. It has developed learning platforms that combine online and print media to complement classroom learning. Using the Lumos Study Programs, parents and educators can reinforce the classroom learning experience for children and help them succeed in the classrooms and standardized tests. It was founded in 2007 and based in Piscataway, NJ.

    About Northridge Elementary School

    Ross Middle School in Ohio improves Student Achievement Scores by 69 points in 2014-15 PARCC Assessment

    Ohio school districts that gave last spring’s proficiency tests solely with paper and pencil appear to have performed much better than those districts that did all testing online. Teachers and officials reported glitches during the online testing. The questions between the two versions of the tests were different. The paper version offered multiple-choice answers, while the online test required students to show work. (Source – An article by Shannon Gilchrist, on The Columbus Dispatch)

    About one third of Ohio students have met the required academic standards on the new PARCC tests during the year 2014-15. Data shows that among the students who took the assessment online, only 35 to 40% of kids in elementary and middle school grades have “met expectations” or scored higher on their English and Math exams.
    ( Source – http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/09/ohios_common_core_test_results.html)

    Ross Middle School of Hamilton, Ohio was one of the very few that had shown improvement in its Grade 8 Math student scores. Ross Middle School chose to use Lumos Learning StepUp Program to provide Skills Practice and Assessment Rehearsal for their students.

    Methodology: We conducted an analysis to understand the impact of Lumos Learning programs on student scores. To establish a point of reference, we identified two schools that performed on par with Ross Middle School in the 2013-14 OH-OAA test. Their state-wide rankings were obtained from schooldigger.com for both years (2013-14 and 2014-15). The following infographic summarizes the results of this study.

    Ross Middle School Grade 3 Math PARCC Score Report 2014-15

    By comparing the Grade 8 Math scores in both OH-OAA and PARCC tests, we note that Ross Middle School has shown a remarkable improvement in student achievement levels. This has further improved and raised their position in the state-wide school rankings. With a 69 point increase, Ross Middle School has moved up from the 173rd position to the 104th position, which is an improvement of ranking of 39.9%.

    About Lumos Learing:

    Lumos Learning is a division of Lumos Information Services, a publisher of innovative tools that enhance classroom learning for children in K-12. It has developed learning platforms that combine online and print media to complement classroom learning. Using the Lumos Study Programs, parents and educators can reinforce the classroom learning experience for children and help them succeed in the classrooms and standardized tests. It was founded in 2007 and based in Piscataway, NJ.

    About Ross Middle School

    Harrison Elementary Improves Student Achievement Scores by 232 Points in 2014-15 PARCC Assessment

    Following the completion of this year’s standardized testing, we look back at some interesting facts from the first year of PARCC test. In 2014-15, New Jersey students scored lower on PARCC tests than they did on the NJASK or the HSPA assessments. Most students failed to meet the required proficiency levels on the PARCC test. Only 44% Grade 3 students met or exceeded the expectations in the ELA test, whereas it was as high as 80% in the prior assessments. Students in grades 4 to 8 barely met the mark.

    PARCC Performance Report English Language Arts

    Harrison Elementary School of Livingston School District in NJ is one of the very few that has shown an incredible improvement in grade 3 scores. Harrison E.S chose to use Lumos Learning programs to support students’ skills practice and assessment practice in the 2014-15 academic year.

    Methodology: We conducted a study to understand the impact of Lumos Learning programs on student achievement. To establish a benchmark, we identified two schools that performed on par with Harrison Elementary in the 2013-14 NJASK test. Their state-wide rankings were obtained from schooldigger.com for both years (2013-14 and 2014-15). The following infographic summarizes the results of this study.

    Harrison Elementary School Grade 3 ELA PARCC Score Report 2014-15

    Harrison Elementary PARCC Score Comparison

    By comparing their Grade 3 ELA’s NJASK and PARCC ranks, we note that Harrison elementary has shown a remarkable improvement in student achievement levels. This has further raised their position in the state-wide rankings. With a 232 point increase, Harrison school has moved up from 263rd position to 31st position, which is an advancement of 88.21%.

    New Jersey’s scores match the other states that took PARCC test. Most students missed the benchmarks for achievement. Schools are now awaiting results of this year’s spring assessments as they enter the third year of PARCC testing this year.

    CASE STUDY METHODOLOGY

    Lumos Case Studies presented below use data that are publicly available through the State Department of Education databases. The data used for these analyses include historical aggregated achievement data in standardized tests at various levels ranging from individual grades at a given school to the state level.

    Key Methods

    • Comparison of student achievement at the school level before and after using the Lumos Learning Programs
    • Comparison of student achievement in schools that employed Lumos Supplemental Programs and state averages
    • Aggregation of student achievement data across relevant grades and classes


    Liberty Corner Elementary Increases Language Art Literacy Proficiency by 16%

    Grade 3 Language Arts Literacy Test - 16% Improvement in number of students that achieved proficiency and advanced proficiency

    Greater Newark Charter School boosts MATH Proficiency by 15.4%

    Grade (3-8) LAL Scores of Lumos Schools boosts its Advance Proficiency by 1.49% from 2008 to 2009

    Schools using Lumos Learning resources show 1.75% Improvement in Advance proficiency student scores in 2009 when compared to 2008

    MATH scores of LUMOS schools exceeds by 1.87% to that of STATE results

    LAL scores of LUMOS schools exceeds by 1.54% to that of STATE scores

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