QPS closes in on goal in midyear testing

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 20, 2017 9:00 pm Updated: Mar. 24, 2017 8:29 am

QUINCY -- Students in Quincy Public Schools continue to move closer to reaching a district goal of scoring at or above the 50th percentile in math and reading as measured by the MAP Insights Report.

The fall-winter 2016-17 Student Growth Report, reviewed Monday night by the Curriculum Committee, showed all but three grades -- sixth, seventh and eighth -- reached the goal in math and all but two -- first and sixth -- in reading in midyear testing.

The report also detailed math, reading and language usage Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, scores for grades 2 through 10 and math and reading scores for kindergarten and first grade.

Students closed the gap between QPS scores from fall and midyear testing and 2015 normative data in 23 categories, including science testing done as a pilot program in sixth and seventh grades, and saw the gap widen in nine categories. In two categories, ninth-grade reading and language usage, scores remained higher than the norm.

"We're encouraged by the midyear report," QPS Director of Student Services Carol Frericks told the committee. "In order to reach the goal of having high growth between now and the spring assessment, kids need to continue to grow."

Teachers and students can track the scores to help target weaker areas, and in grade levels where the gap widened between QPS and norm scores "we certainly look at that," Elementary Academic Director Julie Stratman said.

Pre-K and transitional kindergarten students are tested on meeting and exceeding benchmarks in letter and number identification. The percent of students meeting and exceeding benchmarks in letter identification grew from 23 to 59 from fall to winter in pre-K and from 27 to 100 in transitional kindergarten

In number identification, the percentage of pre-K students rose from 23 to 42 percent and 20 to 87 percent in transitional kindergarten.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated from its original posting to correct percentages listed in the final two paragraphs.

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