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Wednesday, January 9, 2019  

Using 5Sight to compare student achievement between similar districts.

Previous tips have focused on financial, personnel, and demographic comparisons with peer districts. 5Sight also offers a number of measures of student performance over time. For this tip, I created a peer group of high-need rural schools with similar enrollments and portion of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

The first graph shows how many students in each district passed the Algebra II Regents in 2017 and 2018. From this graph, we see that most of the school districts in this peer group are clustered near the top, with 85 percent or more students who took the Regents passing it. The one outlier district still showed significant improvement.

Figure 1. Percent of students who passed the Algebra II Regents 
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To better understand student performance, we can now focus in on high achieving students. Figure 2 shows how many students who took the exam from the previous graph scored between 85 and 100. While passage rates overall were pretty good in most districts, there is a more significant break between the bottom three districts, where fewer than 10 percent of students who took the test scored at least an 85, and the top three districts. Indeed, the orange district was clustered with its peers in overall passage rates, but clearly stands out when looking at higher achievement levels.

Figure 2. Percent of students who scored between 85 and 100 the Algebra II Regents
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