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 2014. 

Grade Level

Reading

ELA

Math

3rd

99%

97%

87%

4th

100%

99%

95%

5th

100%

99%

100%

6th

100%

98%

88%

7th

100%

100%

96%

8th

100%

99%

84%


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 2014 Georgia Writing Assessment, 96% of ANCS fifth graders met or exceeded the standards on the fifth grade assessment and 92% 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 2014 exceeded this target goal by 25%.


 

New School Performance Measures

For the 2014-15 school year, all charter schools in Georgia will be evaluated using the state’s “College and Career Readiness Performance Index” (CCRPI). For more information about CCRPI, visit the Georgia DOE website

The Georgia CRCT and Writing Assessments will be replaced starting in the spring of 2015 with new Georgia Milestones Tests.  For more information about these tests, visit the Georgia DOE website.