Proficiency by Student Characteristics
WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT
The bar graphs on the facing page show how various groups of high-school students with similar characteristics performed on the 2005 state assessments. (Again, note that statewide assessments were administered only in Grade 11 in the 2004-05 school year.) 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:
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 state’s 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.