On the other hand, Fleming's school report card says the school's overall score went up nearly five points in one year, putting it in the 87th percentile of schools statewide. Here's a screenshot:
Here's what I see in these numbers:
- In achievement and in gap, Fleming is clearly behind state average. Those two results come from K-PREP scores.
- On growth, Fleming is just slightly above state average. The growth measure looks at how individual students' reading and math scores changed from grade 10 to grade 11.
- In graduation, Fleming has a nice, but not vast, lead over the state.
- It's readiness that soars above the state, based on students qualifying as ready for college and career as measured by ACT and other tests of readiness for college and career.
- Finally, the overall score is an average of the other five elements, treating all five as having equal weight, rather like a grade point average--and Fleming County High comes out ahead of the state average for high schools.
So far, I've ended up with a new puzzle: How can a school's readiness results be so different from achievement? I think the two approaches are supposed to be measuring the same students on roughly the same content and skills--but clearly they're identifying quite different views of this particular school.