Lawrence school board to receive report on 2018 state assessments

photo by: Nick Krug

Lawrence Public Schools district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.

District staff will present to the Lawrence school board on Monday the results of state assessments that students took last spring.

In a report to the board, Terry McEwen, district director of assessment, research and accountability, wrote that the results will reflect math, English language arts, science and history/government/social studies assessments the students took in the spring.

McEwen did not provide results before the meeting, and 2018 results are not yet posted on the Kansas State Department of Education website.

McEwen wrote that since 2015, assessment results have been split into performance levels 1 through 4: below grade-level expectations; at grade level, but not on track for college or career readiness; on track for college and career readiness; and exceeding grade-level expectations, respectively.

Lawrence students have outperformed state peers on the test in the past, assessment results on the KSDE website show. For example, on the 2017 math test, 25.68 percent of Lawrence students performed at level 1 compared to 27.64 statewide, and 14.77 percent performed at level 4, compared to 9.48 percent of all Kansas students. On the 2017 English language arts test, 21.94 percent of district students performed at level 1, compared to 27.35 percent statewide; 14.57 percent of students performed at level 4, compared to 9.36 statewide.

McEwen’s report states that he will present data on subgroup results, including those of minority students and students who receive free and reduced-price lunches. On the 2017 English language arts test, 40.99 percent of district black students, 33.84 percent of Native American students, 36.8 percent of Hispanic students and 38.42 percent of students on free and reduced lunches performed at level 1. In math, 41.27 percent of free and reduced lunch students, 41.53 percent of Native American students, 40.87 percent of Hispanic students, and 47.81 percent of black students performed at level 1.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Monday at the district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.


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