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    To provide an academically rigorous, safe, and healthy learning community that fosters the intellectual integrity, strength of character, respect, and accountability required of capable, contributing citizens of a global society.

  • September 25, 2017

    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

    The Vermont Agency of Education has recently released statewide results for the 2016-17 Smarter Balanced Assessment.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a “standards-referenced” test, which means that students are measured against a standard, contrary to “norm-referenced” tests where they are compared to their peers.  With that being said, when an entire state scores very high then the standard was not that lofty of a goal.  The opposite is true as well, if the entire state does poorly, then the standard was set too high.  That is why it is important to look at how we compare as a school to the state average.  We would like to compare favorably with the state, but be mindful of other factors that play into testing.  Those factors are things such as, the time of year, the other competing calendar events, motivation, and level of courses taken (a considerable factor at the high school level).

    Below you will find the percent of students at NMHS that were proficient or above compared with those same percentages at the state level.  I am pleased to see that we have bettered the state average in four of the eight data points.  We are only two percentage points below in two other areas.  We know that our work is never done and we will continually strive to improve our instruction and intervention efforts to ensure that our students’ skills meet their fullest potential. 

    The Agency of Education (AOE) has an interactive report generator on their website where you can find the data below or search other area schools, look at scores by certain demographics, and look at results over time (where applicable).  The Vermont Agency of Education website can be accessed at the following web address:  http://education.vermont.gov/data-and-reporting/educational-performance

     

    NMHS English

    Vermont English

    NMHS Math

    Vermont Math

    Grade 6

    58%

    52%

    44%

    38%

    Grade 7

    53%

    55%

    34%

    43%

    Grade 8

    52%

    54%

    42%

    41%

    Grade 11

    68%

    58%

    29%

    36%


    You will be receiving your student’s individual scores for Mathematics and English Language Arts in the mail any day.  The Individual Student Report will provide you with their Scaled Score as well as Overall Performance, Levels 3 and 4 indicate meeting or exceeding state standard and being deemed proficient.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us here at the school.

    Respectfully,

    Ryan Parkman

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