Now I would like to turn our attention to a comparison of school-level results. This will involve: Elementary school results on the Alabama Reading and Math Test in grades 3-5 Middle school results on the Alabama Reading and Math Test in grades 6-8 High school results on the Alabama High School Graduation Exam in grades 11-12
Heard Elementary’s 2009 results for the Black and Poverty student subgroups are green in 10 of 12 comparisons, and very close to green in the other two comparisons; results for White and Non-Poverty students are green only 5 of 12 times. Math results are green for 10 of 12 comparisons, while Reading results are green for only 5 of 12 comparisons. The red results are all found in the White and Non-Poverty student subgroups, and in both cases are in 5 th grade Math and 3 rd and 4 th grade Reading.
Over the past five years, Heard’s results for Non-Poverty and Poverty students are often above the system and statewide averages, but in several instances 2009 results reflect a downward trend.
Highlands Elementary’s 2009 results are green for White students in the 4 th and 5 th grades, but red in 16 of 18 comparisons for Black, Non-Poverty, and Poverty student subgroups.
Looking at the five-year trends, it can be seen that Highlands’ results for Non-Poverty students were above the system and statewide averages for that subgroup at the start of the period, then trended downward and fell below the benchmarks in all grade and test comparisons. Results for Poverty students generally have been below the benchmarks throughout the period. However, the 2009 results show improvement across the board.
Beverlye Middle’s 2009 results include only two green comparisons, in 6 th and 7 th grade Math for the White student subgroup.
Five-year trend data show that Beveryle’s results generally are below those for the system as well as the statewide averages for the Poverty and Non-Poverty student subgroups. However, 2009 results are equal to or better than 2008 results with a single exception.
Honeysuckle Middle’s 2009 results include green comparisons for Black and Poverty students in 8 th grade Reading. Math results are weakest, with 7 of 12 comparisons dark red. Results for White and Non-Poverty students are weaker in comparison to subgroup averages than for the other two subgroups.
Five-year trend data show that Honeysuckle’s results are generally below the system and statewide subgroup benchmarks.
Here are Dothan High’s detailed results for 2009. Math results are the weakest, with 7 of 8 comparisons red and none green. Science results are the strongest, with 4 of 4 comparisons for 11 th grade green.
Five-year trend data make it plain that Math is the subject in which the Dothan system and Dothan High compare least favorably with the state average, particularly for the Non-Poverty student subgroup. The large gaps between the Non-Poverty and Poverty students in all three subjects are striking. Reading percentages are declining. Science results are the highest for both subgroups of students shown, and are increasing over time, particularly for Non-Poverty students.
1. School Performance Comparisons for the Dothan City School System Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama September 28, 2009