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.

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Steven Jarvis