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These bar graphs show how various groups of students with similar characteristics performed on the 2006-07 (high schools) and the 2007-08 (elementary, middle schools) 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:
The bar graphs in the top two fields show how elementary-school and middle-school students performed on the NECAP assessments in mathematics and reading. (Because elementary schools and middle schools across the state have differing grade configurations, for this table we group all grades 3 through 5 together as elementary schools and all grades 6 through 8 together as middle schools.) The bar graphs in the bottom field show how high-school students performed on the NSRE assessments.
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 proficiency lies above the line and the percent that did not do so lies below the line. This way, you can visually compare the achievements of the varying groups of students.
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.