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At least 50 percent of Barrington schools students are once again proficient or better in math, science and language, according to the latest school report card released this week by the state Department of Education. But of the 14 tests the state performs, Avon and Woodland schools rank above the state’s advanced proficiency average for similar schools on only one test.
The results of the 2011 testing show that 29.5 percent of Woodland School students who took the Grade 7 Math test scored an advanced proficiency.
Across the state, students in a similar “district factor group” — a method used to group schools with similar socioeconomic environments — scored advanced proficiency at a rate of 24.1 percent.
On the other 13 tests, Barrington schools ranked below the state average for similar districts in advanced proficiency.
Across all 14 tests, three resulted in an increase in the combined number of proficient and advanced proficient students when comparing Barrington’s 2011 results to 2010: Grade 4 Language, Grade 4 Math and Grade 6 Language.
The three possible grades from the Department of Education are partially proficient, proficient and advanced proficient.
The district’s best showing on advanced proficiency was Grade 4 Science, in which 33.9 percent met that level. The state average for similar districts was 55.5 percent advanced proficiency for Grade 4 Science.
The lowest level of advanced proficiency was Grade 4 Language with no students testing as advanced for the fourth consecutive year. The state average for similar districts was 7.6% in 2011.
The overall “advanced proficiency” result was the lowest showing for the district since the state began requiring this number of tests in 2006. In the previous five years, Avon and Woodland were above average for advanced proficiency on either two or three of the 14 tests: