Ramapo, Indian Hills student test scores improve

Ramapo, Indian Hills student test scores improve

Rodrigo Torrejon, Franklin Lakes - Oakland Suburban News - November 3, 2016

Oakland - Participation was up, and most scores surpassed the state average, according to a report on the second Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) taken in the spring by students at Ramapo and Indian Hills high schools.

Director of Curriculum Daniel Sutherland presented testing scores and participation rates at the Oct. 24 Board of Education meeting.  The presentation detailed the second year of the PARCC results, administered between April 18 and 22, as well as scores for the ACT and AP exams.

In 2015, the district had the highest refusal rate of Suburban News schools, with 60 percent, or 1,049 of its then 1,751 eligible students opting out.  For the 2016 spring registration period, the opt-out rate was 25 percent.

For all PARCC exams, which include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, English 9, English 10 and English 11, 2016 participation increased drastically from the first year.  Sutherland explained that "valid" scores were determined by dividing the number of scores by the number of students eligible to take the test.

"The difference between the count and the number of possible test takers is largely due to the number of refusals the district had for the Spring 2016 administration," said Sutherland.  In Algebra I, 267 of 334 tests (80 percent) were valid, up from 37 percent in 2015.

In Algebra II, 284 of 531 tests (53 percent) were valid, up from 26 percent in 2015.

In Geometry, 357 of 618 tests (58 percent) were valid, up from 37 percent in 2015.

In English 9, 390 of 545 tests (72 percent) were valid, up from 48 percent in 2015.

In English 10, 354 of 582 tests (61 percent) were valid, up from 33 percent in 2015.

In English II, 128 of 441 tests (29 percent) were valid, up from 20 percent in 2015.

The district average scores were 736 for Algebra I, 740 for Geometry and 738 for Algebra II.  All three scores were in the Level 3 "approached expectations" range.  The state averages were 741 for Algebra I and 732 for Geometry, or Level 3.  The state average for Algebra II was Level 2, meaning students statewide only "partially met expectations."

The district averages were 761 for English 9, 725 for English 10 and 715 for English 11.  Only the average scores for English 9 were Level 4 and "met expectations."  English 10 averaged Level 3 "approached expectations" and English 11 averaged Level 2 or "partially met expectations."  Statewide, students average Level 3.

In all categories, both schools had more than 50 percent of the tested students reach the benchmark used as an indicator of success in college.  Indian Hills High School scored highest with 87 percent of the students that took one of the English tests reaching the benchmark.

For the AP exams, 256 students took 546 exams at Indian Hills, 84.8 percent scoring 3 or higher.  At Ramapo, 263 AP students took 585 exams, 77.2 percent scoring 3 or higher.

These numbers are a slight decrease from 2015, when Indian Hills and Ramapo had 85.5 and 78.8 percent, respectively, scoring a 3 or higher.

However, the district average score was 3.35 higher than both the state average 3.23 and nationwide average of 2.85.


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