ANCS assesses student learning using a range of assessments, and we do not view the results from any one of these instruments alone as the sole measure of the overall effectiveness of an individual student or the entire school program.
In addition to our own system of student portfolios, 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.. Additionally, other academic performance goals in our charter are measured using externally-developed standardized assessments and performance measures.
Please see below for more information about ANCS student performance on outside measures.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
All students at ANCS–grades K-8–take the MAP assessment in reading and math a few times each year. Developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), the MAP assessments are nationally-normed, well-respected tests to measure student skills in reading and math. Results from MAP assessments are shared with parents of students and used by teachers to guide instruction and support for students. To learn more about MAP, visit the NWEA website.
Beginning in the spring of 2015, the state of Georgia began administering new statewide standardized tests called the Georgia Milestones to all public school students in grades 3-8. The Milestones took the place of the CRCT and the Georgia Writing Test by now assessing students in English Language Arts (reading and writing), Math, Science, and Social Studies. The assessments in ELA and Math are more tied to the more rigorous Common Core standards and contain a mix of multiple choice and open response questions more aligned with our project-based, problem-solving educational program. The science and social studies tests for the Milestones continue to be tied to the broad Georgia Performance Standards and are still multiple choice tests that are not as well-aligned with our curriculum in those areas where idea that “less is more” is our focus by aiming for student mastery of deeper science and social studies skills and knowledge rather than an effort to merely have students memorize large amounts of discrete content. The Georgia Department of Education has published “frequently asked questions” documents about the new Milestones tests that can be found on the DOE website.
In November 2015 the DOE released school, district, and state scores from the spring 2015 administration of the Milestones. The charts below shows the percentage of students in each performance level–Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner, & Distinguished Learner–from the spring 2015 ELA and Math Milestones tests (note: Developing or higher is the passing indicator for each test).
CHARTS COMING SOON…
Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, per state law, students in grades 3 (reading) and grades 5 and 8 (reading and math) must score Developing or higher as a part of the requirements for promotion to the next grade level.
More information about the Milestones–including all school, district, and state scores–can be found on the DOE website. Additionally, parents and students can access practice Milestones test questions online (note: you must use the Google Chrome browser to access the practice questions platform).
College & Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI)
Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, all schools in Georgia began to be assessed using the state’s “College and Career Readiness Performance Index” (CCRPI). Each school is assigned a CCRPI score based on factors related to student achievement and growth, school climate, attendance, and more. For more information about CCRPI, visit the Georgia DOE website.
All charter schools are required to “beat the odds” when it comes to performance on CCRPI by outperforming demographically-similar schools. ANCS met the state’s “Beating the Odds” requirements and also exceeded the state and district CCRPI average scores by a large margin as indicated by the table below:
2014 CCRPI Scores
ANCS 2014 CCRPI scores were in the top five of all APS elementary and middle schools, and in a year where scores for elementary schools statewide dropped by over 5 points and middle schools dropped by nearly 2 points, the ANCS elementary score held steady and the middle campus score increased by a full 7 points.