State Report Card
Proficiency by Student Characteristics
2003 Proficiency by Student Characteristics (PDF format, 17 KB)
WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT
These bar graphs show how various groups of students
with similar characteristics performed on the 2003 state assessments.
The state is required by federal law (the No Child Left Behind Act
of 2001) to report the test results of each of these groups of students:
African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, White; Male,
Female; Students living in Poverty, English-language Learners, Students
with Disabilities, and Migrant Students.
(There are fewer than 10 migrant students in the
tested grade at the elementary and high-school levels, and therefore
we do not report their test results so as not to identify individual
students or to invite guessing as to the achievement results of
Note that these bar graphs represent results only
from the New Standards Reference Exams, administered in grades 4,
8, and 10. Results are not reported here by subtest; rather, they
are aggregated into the two core subject areas: English language
arts and mathematics.
Each bar represents all students in each group;
the bars are placed along a horizontal line so that the percent
that achieved the standard or achieved it with honors (i.e., achieved
proficiency) lies above the line and the percent that did not achieve
proficiency lies below the line. This way, you can visually compare
the achievements of the varying groups of students.
WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
Once again, the states goal is for all students
(100%) to achieve proficiency in all core academic subjects. We
are years away from achieving this goal.
To meet the requirements of the No Child Left
Behind Act, not only must each school as a whole achieve proficiency
but various groups of students within each school (and district)
must do so. These bar graphs show you, on a statewide level, what
percentage of students from each group of students achieved proficiency
in the most recent round of state assessments.
In addition, these bar graphs allow you to compare
the achievements of varying groups of students. When some groups
of students lag behind others, this is known as an equity
gap. So if some of the bars fall significantly below others
on the graphs, groups of students are making unequal progress. These
equity gaps must be closed.