In Los Alamos, PARCC scores for English Language Arts were higher than in mathematics, especially Algebra 1. The PARCC results for Los Alamos High School were better than the statewide aggregate scores for the tests.
PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Students in grades 3-11 took the PARCC tests last March and April. This is the first time results have been released.
School-wide results for elementary and middle schools are scheduled to be released by the state Oct. 30. Individual student score reports will be available to high schools in early November and for elementary and middle school students, the release date is early December.
The following charts show percent proficient in math grades 8-11 and English Language Arts grades 9-11 for Los Alamos and statewide:
After taking time to carefully review the data, LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said, “the PARCC results are encouraging and demonstrate hard work from students, teachers, parents, all of the school district staff members, and many in the Los Alamos community that helped with tutoring.”
The data for Los Alamos show that teachers are making adjustments to the modified standards and new type of test questions; however, we have challenging work ahead. For those that did not pass the test, high school guidance counselors have already developed strategies to assist students with the PARCC re-take. In addition, a review of the LAPS Algebra 1 curriculum will be conducted over the next two months.
The scores were scaled on a performance level of one to five. One means “did not meet expectations” and five means “exceeds expectations.” Members of the class of 2016-17 will meet graduation testing requirements with a performance level of three or higher. In subsequent years, students will need a four or five in language arts and math to graduate. Los Alamos High School can use alternative demonstrations of proficiency for students that do not pass the test after two attempts.
Steinhaus also said, “we have lots of work ahead and will continue to analyze the data and refine our plan to meet the needs of all students.”