For the first project requirements, I collected data for the Yankton School District and the Mitchell School District from the South Dakota Department of Education’s website. I specifically looked at each district’s report card that included performance indicators, school performance index, staffing and student population statistics, attendance numbers and high school completion and college and career readiness statistics. Each school district’s report card contained further detailed information and percentages regarding test scores in math, ELA, and science.
After collecting and organizing the data from the district report card for Yankton School District, one of the most interesting trends I found was the difference in scores between 2013 and 2014. For the years 2012 and 2013, scores were reported on four levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. Then in 2014, the scores were reported on a new leveling system including the four levels: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4. When reviewing the different levels, I compared Level 1 to Below Basic. In 2013 for the 6th-grade class, out of 190 students, 0.53% of those students scored at the Below Basic level in math. However, in 2014 for the 6th-grade class, out of 166 students, 32.32% of those students scored at Level 1. Even when evaluating the same group of students, the 7th grade class for 2014, I noticed a rather large increase as well, with 23.30% of 209 students scoring at the Level 1.
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