KCS 2016-2017 Smarter Balanced Test Score Highlights
- Briana Warner
Charleston, West Virginia – Kanawha County Schools (KCS) today released its Smarter Balanced Test scores and other county achievement data for the 2016-2017 school year. Results were presented to board members at the Sept. 5th curriculum board meeting and can be found at https://zoomwv.k12.wv.us/Dashboard/portalHome.jsp.
2017 marked the third year for the online Smarter Balanced Assessment in Kanawha County and 12,908 students participated in ELA and math in grades 3-8 and 11. Grades 5, 8 and 10 participated in science. Two hundred and forty-seven KCS students participated in the DLM Alternate Assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
Overall county highlights:
- The county-wide participating rate was 98% for ELA and Math, with 100% of schools meeting the 95% minimum requirement.
- KCS improved its math proficiency scores from 2016-2017 in 6 out of 7 grade levels tested. The largest math grade level growth from 2016-2017 was in grade 8 (up 5 points).
- While there was an overall dip in the lower grades’ ELA scores from 2016-2017, grades 5 and 11 remained higher than the state average and grade 6 was at state level. KCS grade 11 was 7 points higher than the WV ELA average.
- Three year trends show KCS up two percentage points in ELA and up seven percentage points in math since 2014-2015.
- The net KCS science score between the three grades tested was within one point of the WV average.
Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ron Duerring said, “There are some very good things in our results report – things for our students, parents, teachers, administrators and community to be proud of. There’s always room for improvement and we’ll continue to work on the areas where we would like to see growth. Those plans are in place and our schools are already hard at work. Overall, we’re doing a tremendous job.”
In addition to test scores, Kanawha County Schools reported progress with increased graduation rates, decreased dropout rates, increased FAFSA completion rates and competitive ACT/SAT rates.
- Four-year graduation rates have improved from 72.07 in 2011-2012 to 86.34 in 2015-2016.
- The dropout rate has decreased from 2.7 in 2011-2012 to 1.8 in 2015-2016.
- KCS seniors surpassed the statewide FAFSA completion goal of 60% by May 1, 2017. 4% of KCS seniors submitted the 2017 FAFSA application, demonstrating 8.8% growth over the 2015 baseline figures. Herbert Hoover High School increased FAFSA completion by 18.10% from 2015 to 2017.
- 2016 KCS ACT-takers surpassed the WV average in every category (English, Math, Reading, Science).
- 2016 KCS SAT-takers surpassed the WV and national average in every category (Reading, Math, Writing).