Trying to see a complex pattern fairly whole, I'm trying a format that shows just the change in scores, color-coded with red for declines, white for scores that were flat or improved less than four points, and green for scores that grew four points or more. Here, I'll share a separate chart for each level of school.
Zooming in on groups, the Gap Group and the disability group had growth in every subject, and free and reduced-price meal students had only one decline.
Zooming back out to all students, there were three declines. The writing and language mechanics growth are plusses, but they don't make the reading, science, and social studies results seem okay.
In middle school, reading and language mechanics showed strong or moderate growth for every group. Math and science, though, showed declines or small growth for every group, and social studies and writing showed declines or small to moderate growth as well.
Among student groups, the Gap Group and students with disabilities or free & reduced price meal eligibility showed growth in all subjects, while Asian students showed a worrisome decline in three subjects.
For all students, there was growth in five subjects and a decline in one, though the mathematics result is a razor-thin 0.1 percent improvement.
Looking at group patterns, students with disabilities improved in every subject, and the Gap, free and reduced meal, and African American groups improved in all but one--with most of those results being quite strong. Students with limited English proficiency declined in all but one subject, and Asian students declined in three of six.
For all students, the pattern is strong growth in science, social studies and writing, moderate growth in reading and a small uptick in language mechanics, but a disturbing decline in mathematics.
Looking at the whole sweeping picture, I think the spotlight developments are:
- Successes for the Gap group, free and reduced meal students, and students with disabilities.
- Weaknesses for students with limited English proficiency and African-American, Asian, Hispanic students.
- Growth in elementary writing and language mechanics, middle school reading and language mechanics, and high school science and social studies.
- Troubling declines in elementary reading and science, middle school mathematics and science, and high school mathematics.