Octorara’s Subgroup Performance

SubgroupsIdentifying subgroup performance is suppose to one of the most significant accountability components of The No Child Left Behind. The law requires that state assessment scores of English language learners and Special Education students, among others, be disaggregated and publicly reported. This post is intended to report achievement gaps within Octorara’s student-body.

I’m not going to give a lot of commentary on each subgroup. I think the data speaks for itself. I did not believe it was necessary to compare all schools within Chester County. It starts to become redundant after a while. We already know Octorara has the second highest percentage testing at or Below Basic.

All data is sorted by number score. I did not list subgroups that were not relevant to Octorara.

Math

Pennsylvania’s minimum standard in math is a combined 78% Advanced and Proficient. Octorara is at 78.1%.

Group Number Scored Math % Advanced Math % Proficient Math %
Basic Math
% Below Basic
All Students 1313 48.1 30.0 12.8 9.1
White 1118 52.4 29.3 10.8 7.4
Male 657 47.8 27.2 15.1 9.9
Female 656 48.3 32.8 10.5 8.4
Economically Disadvantaged 429 27.5 33.6 21.7 17.2
IEP 196 12.2 28.1 20.9 38.8
Hispanic 118 27.1 37.3 19.5 16.1
Black 71 14.1 29.6 32.4 23.9
ELL 15 0.0 46.7 26.7 26.7

Reading

Pennsylvania’s minimum standard in reading is a combined 81% Advanced and Proficient. Octorara is at 71.1%.

Group Number Scored Reading % Advanced Reading % Proficient Reading %
Basic Reading
% Below Basic
All Students 1312 35.7 35.4 15.0 13.9
White 1118 39.4 35.8 13.5 11.4
Female 656 43.9 33.5 13.6 9.0
Male 656 27.4 37.2 16.5 18.9
Economically Disadvantaged 428 16.6 33.6 23.1 26.6
IEP 196 11.2 18.4 18.4 52.0
Hispanic 118 12.7 35.6 25.4 26.3
Black 70 12.9 31.4 21.4 34.3
ELL 15 0.0 20.0 40.0 40.0

Whether we are discussing test scores, graduation rates, or college readiness there is a problem. Low student achievement scores, whether in the aggregate or in particular subgroups, are results, not causes.

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