Performance on Outside Measures

ANCS assesses student learning using a range of instruments, and we do not view the results of one of these instruments alone as the sole measure of the overall effectiveness of the entire school program.

In addition to our own portfolio assessment system, standardized tests are one of the other tools ANCS utilizes in evaluating student learning. The academic performance goals outlined in the school’s charter reflect, like all public schools, the school’s compliance with federal and state requirements, including provisions for meeting annual performance targets in Reading/Language Arts and Math set by the state each year on the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT).  Additionally, other academic performance goals in our charter are measured using standardized assessments, such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Georgia Writing Assessment.

The elementary campus has been recognized as a “Greatest Gain” school by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement based on students’ CRCT performance. The middle campus has been named a Title I “Distinguished School” for students’ performance on the CRCT. Please see below for more information about ANCS student performance on outside measures.

CRCT

The percentages below indicate the percentage of students at each grade level who met or exceeded the standards on the Reading, ELA, and Math CRCTs in the spring of 2013. 

Grade Level

Reading

ELA

Math

3rd

100%

97%

92%

4th

100%

99%

97%

5th

100%

100%

100%

6th

100%

99%

91%

7th

100%

96%

91%

8th

100%

99%

84%

ANCS has a measure as a part of its academic accountability goals related to increased growth on the CRCT.

During each year of charter term, the Charter School will demonstrate increased growth and rigor on the CRCT as represented by the following chart (2013 actual performance in blue):

Subject Area

Not Meeting

Meeting

Exceeding

Reading

6% (0%)

54% (37%)

40% (63%)

ELA

6% (1%)

54% (50%)

40% (49%)

Math

8% (8%)

53% (49%)

39% (43%)

Georgia Writing Assessment

Students at ANCS take the Georgia Writing Assessment annually. The school’s charter accountability goals require tracking of student performance on the assessment in the fifth and eight grades.

On the 2013 Georgia Writing Assessment, 90% of ANCS fifth graders met or exceeded the standards on the fifth grade assessment and 87% of ANCS eighth graders met or exceeded the standards on the eighth grade assessment.

ANCS has a measure as a part of its academic accountability goals related to increased growth on the Georgia Writing Assessment.

Cohorts for the state writing assessment will be formed in the fifth grade.  The goal for each cohort of students will be for the percentage of students performing below standard on the fifth grade writing assessment to decrease by at least twenty percent (20%) by the time that cohort takes the eighth grade writing assessment. 

The ANCS eighth grade class of 2013 exceeded this target goal by more than 11%.

Iowa Assessments

Students at ANCS also take the Iowa Assessments (formerly the Iowa Test of Basic Skills) annually in the third, fifth, and eighth grades in the Reading, Language Arts, and Math subtests. These tests are a nationally-administered norm-referenced tests, and student performance at ANCS is tracked as a part of the school’s accountability goals and reported in terms of national percentile rank (NPR)

On the 2013 Iowa Assessments:

  • ANCS third grade had an overall NPR among the three battery of tests of 75, meaning that our students had higher levels of achievement than 75% of students who took the same test nationally
  • ANCS 5th grade had an overall NPR among the three battery of tests of 77, meaning that our students had higher levels of achievement than 77% of students who took the same test nationally
  • ANCS 8th grade had an overall NPR among the three battery of tests of 85, meaning that our students had higher levels of achievement than 85% of students who took the same test nationally