School scores dropping
Published: Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Scores from the South Dakota Report Card, based on the state’s new accountability system, were released last week with Custer schools earning a progressing classification, meaning they are between the bottom five percent and top 10 percent of schools.
The School Performance Index (SPI) was figured after students were tested in three key areas. For high school students, 50 percent of the score was based on student achievement while 25 percent was based on both high school completion and college and career readiness.
As of now, ACT scores are the basis for the college and career readiness component. Other options are being looked at for the career aspect of the test. Two more components will be added to the test in the coming years — effective teachers and principals and school climate.
Elementary students were tested in two key areas: student achievement (80 percent of the score) and attendance. Academic growth, school climate and effective teachers and principals will be added later.
With 170 kids taking the test, Custer Elementary School earned an overall SPI of 84.6, which is down .3 from the previous year. Reading and math were both at 81.76, compared to last year’s 83 in reading and 82 in math.
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