Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lynn's 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency Rate in Context: Urban Districts & the North Shore

Here we looked at Lynn's 3rd grade reading proficiency rates both over and at the individual school level on the 2012 exam. Now let's look at a comparison of 3rd grade reading proficiency rates in the ten urban Commissioner's Districts.

Below is table reporting the reading proficiency rates for the urban districts on the 2012 exam.

Springfield had the highest proficiency rate among this group (50%) while Holyoke had the lowest (20%).


Because student populations change each school year in terms of both demographics and class size, it is important to look at these numbers over time as well. Below is a table which looks at 3rd grade reading proficiency rates for these same districts from 2010 through 2012.
  
Over the past 3 years, Holyoke has consistently had the lowest 3rd grade reading proficiency rates with a range of 20 - 25%. Only two of the ten districts had reading proficiency rates of at least 50% over the past few years: New Bedford in 2010 and Springfield in 2012.


The other comparison that some consider when gauging a particular district's academic performance is among other communities in the district's general area. Below is a comparison of Lynn's 3rd grade reading proficiency rate on the 2012 exam compared to surrounding towns and cities.
 
Lynn and Salem have the two lowest proficiency rates among these school districts while Lynnfield and Marblehead have the highest. Interestingly, some individual Lynn schools had proficiency rates that were on par with surrounding communities. Aborn, for example, had a reading proficiency rate similar to the Danvers Public School District while Sisson's was comparable to Swampscott's overall proficiency rate at this level.


*All Data Taken from: www.doe.mass.edu


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