Thursday, September 27, 2012

LPS: Achievement Gap in 3rd Grade Reading

Here it was noted that there was a 29-point difference in 3rd grade reading proficiency rates between low income and non-low income students in the Lynn public school system. Below are the proficiency rates at this level by school; all numbers are in percentages. The positive or negative numbers in parentheses indicates the difference from the individual school's overall proficiency rate. In 2012, 41% of 3rd grade students citywide scored proficient or higher on the reading exam.

*N/A - Data is not reported for sample sizes less than 10.
**No data at the individual grade levels was reported for Washington

Low IncomeNon-Low Income
Aborn56 (-16)90 (+18)
Brickett39 (-4)54 (+11)
Callahan31 (-4)53 (+18)
Cobbet24 (-2)N/A
Connery23 (-12)N/A
Drewicz46 (0)N/A
Ford31 (0)N/A
Harrington28 (+3)10 (-15)
Hood 47 (-5)70 (+18)
Ingalls39 (-1)N/A
Lincoln-Thomson42 (-11)80 (+27)
Lynn Woods20 (-28)65 (+17)
Sewell Anderson42 (-4)60 (+14)
Shoemaker36 (-15)61 (+10)
Sisson71 (-5)82 (+6)
Tracy22 (-6)N/A

The school with the largest gap between low income and non-low income students was Lynn Woods (45 points) while the school with the smallest gap was Sisson (11 points). Harrington was the only school were low income students had a higher proficiency rate than non-low income students.

For low income students, Aborn, Drewicz, Hood, Lincoln-Thomson, Sewall Anderson and Sisson all had higher proficiency rates than the city's overall 3rd grade reading proficiency rate. The proficiency rate specifically for low income students in Lynn as a whole was 36% (a 5-point difference from the aggregate).

All of the schools with available data except Harrington had a higher proficiency rate than the city for the non-low income subgroup. This figure was 65% just for non-low income students.


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