Literacy and Math Proficiency

Goal: All students are prepared for college and careers in the 21st century by demonstrating reading, writing, and math skills at or above their grade level and by making at least a year's growth in a year's time.

In order to assess KMHS students' demonstration of reading, writing, and math skills at a level which prepares them for both college and career and allows them to be competitive in the 21st century, the school has established Intervention and Proficiency Benchmarks based on the PSAT, SAT, NECAP, Accuplacer and NWEA.  Students will be assessed in reading, writing, and math skills on a regular basis during their 6 years at KMHS. KMHS also uses the NWEA test to establish annual growth goals to ensure that each student- those at, below, and above grade level- makes at least a year's progress in a year's time.

DISHS Assessment Calendar

 7th Grade     8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade  11th Grade 12th Grade
 FallNWEA
NECAP
 NWEA
NECAP
 NWEA
ReadiStep
 PSAT
 + NWEA if below intervention benchmark previous spring

 PSAT
 + NWEA if below  
 intervention benchmark
 previous spring
 Student Choice:
 * NWEA
 * Accuplacer
 * SAT
 Winter NWEA NWEAAccuplacer Accuplacer Accuplacer Student Choice:
 * NWEA
 * Accuplacer
 * SAT
 (only if below proficiency
 benchmark in fall)
 Spring NWEA NWEA
MEA Science
 NWEA NWEA SAT
 NWEA
N/A

Intervention Benchmark: The intervention benchmark represents the minimal score needed to "do high school work."  If after any assessment, a student's score does not exceed the intervention benchmark, the student will receive a timely and appropriate intervention in that area (RTI Tier II and III).  For example, a student who just barely fails to meet the reading benchmark after the 9th grade NWEA due to weak vocabulary skills might be assigned to Focused Study to receive 35 minutes of vocabulary instruction each week.  Another student who is significantly below the intervention benchmark in all areas of reading might be assigned to a Title I reading support class for the entire semester.

On the NWEA test, the Intervention Benchmark correlates to the average score at the end of 8th grade in each subject:

≤ 222  Reading
≤ 221  Language Usage
≤ 234  Math

The intervention benchmark for other measures used to assess attainment of basic academic skills will be identified as the assessments are identified and integrated into DISHS's basic academic skills assessment system.

Proficiency Benchmark: The proficiency benchmark represents the minimal scores needed for a student to be deemed performing "at grade level."  DISHS has identified the following scores as the proficiency benchmark at each grade level, based on the assessments which make up the DISHS assessment system:

DISHS Proficiency Benchmarks

 9th Grade 10th Grade  11th Grade 12th Grade
 Reading NWEA = 223
 Accuplacer = TBD
 NWEA = 226
 Accuplacer = TBD
 PSAT = TBD
 
 NWEA = 229
 Accuplacer = TBD
 PSAT = 46
 SAT = 460
 NWEA = 231
 Accuplacer = TBD
 SAT = 460
 Writing/
Lanugage
 NWEA = 222
 Accuplacer = TBD
 NWEA = 224
 Accuplacer = TBD
 PSAT = TBD
 NWEA = 226
 Accuplacer = TBD
 PSAT = 45
 SAT = 450
 NWEA = 227
 Accuplacer = TBD
 SAT = 450
 Math NWEA = 236
 Accuplacer = TBD
 NWEA = 240
 Accuplacer = TBD
 PSAT = TBD
 NWEA = 244
 Accuplacer = TBD
 PSAT = 46
 SAT = 460
 NWEA = 248
 Accuplacer = TBD
 SAT = 460

Students below the proficiency benchmark (grade level) but above the intervention benchmark will receive intervention from the classroom teacher (RTI Tier I).

12th grade proficiency benchmarks are based on the minimal proficiency score on the SAT- Maine's state assessment.  The proficiency benchmarks for the NWEA and Accuplacer tests in 12th grade are based on score correlations between the SAT and other assessments (ie: an NWEA math score of 248 correlates to an SAT score of 460).  Proficiency benchmarks on the NWEA in 9th grade are based on the mean score for 9th grade.  10th and 11th grade proficiency benchmarks on the NWEA are the average annual growth needed to progress from the 9th grade to the 12th grade proficiency benchmark.

Growth Benchmark: KMHS aspires to help all students make at least a year's growth in a year's time.  Such growth helps students who are below grade level close basic skills gaps; students who are at grade level remain proficient; and students who are above grade level continue to set and achieve high academic expectations.  DISHS used the NWEA test to identify individual student growth targets and measure student progress towards meeting growth targets.
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