East Fairview School recently got their report card and things are well above average. In the english/language arts category they placed at 83 percent, which is at or above proficient. With East Fairview being on the North Dakota side of Fairview, they were compared to other North Dakota schools, which were at 48 percent.
In math, East Fairview placed at 83 percent, versus North Dakota students placing at 46 percent; and in science, they placed 95 percent, where North Dakota students placed at 63 percent.
With some schools, their funding is based on these scores, but that’s not the case with East Fairview.
“Our funding is not impeached based on our test scores, but if they fall below a certain threshold the school would be put on an improvement plan and resources would need to be allocated toward improving those scores,” said East Fairview principal Derek Gackle in an email.
He said the North Dakota State Assessment [NDSA] is a statewide assessment that measures student performance against the state’s challenging content and achievement standards.
NDSA is made up of general, criterion-referenced assessments for all students in grades three through eight and 10 in the English language arts, literacy and mathematics.
“Student performance is reported in three areas. The scale score, overall achievement level, and Lexile/Quantile score. The scale score falls into four achievement levels; 4 Advanced, 3 Proficient, 2 Partially Proficient, and 1 Novice. It is also used to compare students with their peers at the school and state level,” Gackle said.
The school’s percent proficient number includes levels four and three for all students in grades three through eight. The state’s percent proficient is used to compare students with their peers in the same grades across the state.
“We are excited that these scores represent what we know is happening in our school. We put a premium on our students learning the standards with supports in place to provide the extra time and help needed to ensure the learning occurs,” Gackle said.
He said they don’t focus on the state assessment and they don’t teach to the test.
“We feel that if we focus on reading, writing, and speaking with the understanding that failure is a part of the learning process, our students will become proficient at any assessment put in front of them,” Gackle said.