For the first time ever in its eight-year history, Molokai Middle School met the standard in math and improved its reading scores enough to earn Adequate Yearly Progress based on test results released earlier this week.
The State Department of Education released its preliminary Hawaii State Assessment results Tuesday for all Hawaii public schools under the AYP requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. While more than half of all Hawaii school did not meet AYP, the results from the 2011-12 school year show improvement on every grade level in both reading and math.
“The remarkable growth in reading and math proficiency for all grade levels is a direct reflection of the hard work of our educators and students,” said Hawaii DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Our plan to create systemic change is working. Increasingly, more students in more schools across the state are on the path toward college and career readiness.”
Because MMS is still operating under a “restructuring” status, it was not required to meet the national benchmark for reading. The federally mandated expectation from NCLB is that 72 percent of students in a school are proficient or higher in reading at grade level. MMS had 57 percent of its students testing proficient or higher in reading. This is more than 15 percent higher than last year, giving the school “safe harbor” from the national standard.
MMS did not need special consideration in math. The national AYP target of 64 percent was met when 65 percent of middle school students tested proficient or higher.
For the 2012-13 school year, the targets will get even harder to hit: 86 percent in reading and 83 percent in math. The NCLB mandate calls for 100 percent proficiency by 2014.
In order to make AYP under NCLB’s “all-or-nothing” rating system, schools must meet all targets in 37 areas (45 for high schools) defined by ethnicity, higher poverty levels, limited English proficiency, special education needs, and elementary or middle school retention or high school graduation rates. Sanctions are imposed on schools unable to attain all AYP targets for two consecutive years within the same subject or indicator area. A total of 59 schools, or approximately 20 percent, missed AYP by only one or two targets.
Here is a breakdown on how the six Molokai public schools performed in the 2011-12 HSA tests and their AYP and NCLB status:
Kaunakakai Elementary School: Participation – 99%; Reading, all students, 67%, disadvantaged students, 63%. Math, all students, 62%, disadvantaged students, 60%. Met AYP. NCLB status = good standing, unconditional.
Maunaloa Elementary School: Participation – N/A. Reading, all students, 68%. Math, all students, 59%. Met AYP. NCLB status = good standing, unconditional.
Kilohana Elementary School: Participation – 100%. Reading, all students, 69%. Math, all students, 61%. Met AYP. NCLB status = good standing, unconditional.
Kualapu’u Elementary Public Charter School: Participation – 98%. Reading, all students, 57%, disadvantaged students, 51%. Math, all students, 61%, disadvantaged students, 56%. Did not meet AYP. NCLB status = school improvement year 1.
Molokai Middle School: Participation – 98%. Reading, all students, 57%. Math, all students, 65%. Met AYP. NCLB status = restructuring.
Molokai High School: Participation – 98% in reading, 99% in math. Reading, all students, 61%, disadvantaged students 52%. Math, all students, 36%, disadvantaged students, 34%. Graduation rate, all students, 76%, disadvantaged students, 72%. Did not meet AYP. NCLB status = restructuring.