I wanted to take a moment to share some important data regarding the fall AIR assessment re-take window. After the 2015-16 data was released, algebra 1 was Amelia High School’s biggest area of concern. In order to meet graduation requirements, students need 4 combined points between the 2 math tests (algebra 1 and geometry). There is a major issue with the system as it is designed. These identified students are no longer enrolled in an algebra class as they are now taking geometry. Students were expected to re-take and improve on a test where they were no longer receiving instruction. Our math department met and created a plan of action targeting 86 students who scored a 1 (lowest score) and provided a 6 day intervention boot camp prior to re-taking the assessment.
In education, we love bragging about student and teacher successes. We are incredibly excited with the results of the intervention.
- 47 of 86 students (54.6%) moved from a score of 1 to a 2/3.
- 18 students moved from a score of 1-3.
- Those who remained at a score of 1, 15 increased more than 10 raw score points.
- Of the 86 students, only 5 students decreased. Of the 5 students whose scores decreased, 3 did not have regular attendance in the boot camp opportunity.
Congrats to the students who committed to this opportunity and to the math team who worked diligently to provide a successful intervention. I could not be more proud of their hard work.