Charter school boosts scores

Print Article

SANDPOINT — The Forrest Bird Charter School is moving into the holidays after charting some improved standardized test scores in 2012.

A school focused on offering students a project-based learning environment, the staff has reevaluated its approach to standardized testing in the past year and achieved some strong growth statistics for their efforts.  According to principal Alan Millar, the school ranked 34th among all Idaho schools in growth on the Idaho Standards Achievement Test. That growth rating helped the Forrest Bird Charter School establish a four-star rating and full pay-for-performance bonuses for the staff.

“The biggest thing was that we had to establish a cultural shift at our school,” Millar said. “We had to have a change of heart and place more importance on the test.”

The trick, Millar added, was to accomplish that goal without falling into the oft-criticized approach of “teaching to the test.” They accomplished this primarily by establishing a positive testing environment and circumstances throughout the day. Teachers made sure that their students had an opportunity to get some food in their stomachs and had the opportunity for breaks throughout the day.

If the data is any indication, those measures helped the school improve its test scores.

In sixth grade, 55.8 percent of students ranked as advanced in reading for 7.2-percent growth, while 63.5 placed similar numbers in mathematics at 20.6-percent growth.

In language usage, 26.4 percent of sixth-graders were advanced, while 49.1 percent were proficient, adding up to 20.3 percent in growth.

Seventh-graders at the charter school tested with 54.2 percent advanced in reading, 49.2 percent advanced in mathematics and 30 percent advanced in language usage, yielding 9.6 percent, 14.4 percent and 11.7 percent in growth.

The trend continued in the eighth grade.

Of the school’s students, 74 percent were advanced in reading, 52.7 percent in mathematics and 31.5 percent in language usage, which figured to 3 percent, 3.2 percent and 24.8 percent in growth.

Finally, 10th-graders 47.4 percent were advanced in reading while 26.3 percent were advanced in math, charting 4.7-percent and 4.4-percent growth. Meanwhile, 15.4 percent were advanced in language usage, while 56.4 percent were proficient — leading to 14.2-percent growth.

Print Article

Read More News

The Latest: GOP ponders how best to sell health care

AP

June 28, 2017 at 11:16 pm | WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the President Donald Trump's role in the health care debate. All times local): 7:30 p.m. Some Republicans are worried that President Donald Trump's difficulty ...

Comments

Read More

The Latest: McConnell looking to salvage health care plan

AP

June 28, 2017 at 11:09 pm | WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Obama health care law (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring options...

Comments

Read More

Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

AP

June 28, 2017 at 10:06 pm | SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of "historical" sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the ...

Comments

Read More

N. Idaho College takes on a big problem

June 28, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press North Idaho College announced it has earned a highly selective designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense 2-Year Education, which opens doors for more federal grants, ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2017 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X