Though AYP data give us useful information about our school's performance and, therefore, about our areas of needed improvement, they also leave us with a number of important questions that need additional data to answer.
How did our students perform at the individual grade levels? How did our performance break down into the three proficiency levels?
Were there any concerns about performance at any of the grades?
Are our students making progress? Adequate progress?
How did our students perform on the individual grade level standards?
How does student performance compare across subgroups?
These questions can be answered for students taking MSA by examining your school's data in the Analyzing MSA Data section of MDK12.org.
Stacked bar graphs show student performance by grade and subgroup on the three proficiency levels -- basic, proficient, and advanced.
They give us a chance to raise additional questions about our data. For example, "Why did our 8th graders have so many fewer students in the advanced level than did our 7th and 6th graders?
Or why did our special education students have so few proficient students? Were they taught the same curriculum, the same content standards as the regular education students?
The box and whiskers graphs show how quartile groups of students performed on the individual standards in reading and math.
You can compare your students' performance across standards to determine if more emphasis is needed on any of the standards.
You can also view benchmarking graphs that will answer the question, "Which schools similar to mine outperformed me?" so that you can identify successful schools to talk to about what they did that you might want to try.