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December 5, 2013

MVTHS report data won't change

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State officials explained, however, that these exclusions are only made when calculating whether a district has met adequate yearly progress standards for the year, Pipher said.

For the School Report Card percentages, the state does not exclude the scores, Pipher said.

Pipher said he would like to see more transparency in how the state calculates test score percentages, especially since districts are judged on this data.

“My concern really is just the transparency of it,” Pipher said.

With the exclusions, the district’s overall PSAE percentage would jump from 46 percent to around 50 percent.

The reading score would rise to 55.6 percent and the math score would increase to 48.5 percent, said MVTHS Principal Wes Olson.

While these increases were not enough for the district to meet AYP, they do indicate notable improvements, Olson said.

To reach Safe Harbor AYP status in reading, MVTHS’ score needed to be at least 55.9 percent, he said.

“If you look at those scores, those show we’re (making) good progress,” Olson said.

The next step, Olson said, will be for district officials to investigate the prior year’s figures and to discuss the matter further with the MVTHS Board of Education. The next school board meeting is Dec. 16.

“We’ll just move forward and look at some of the prior year’s data and talk to the board about that in December,” Olson said.

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