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Growth in Adequate Yearly Progress

Recently the Lake Pend Oreille School District Board of Trustees heard the latest update on Adequate Yearly Progress for students. The report is based upon student ISAT scores from this past spring, and is the major component of the No Child Left Behind mandate. Board members were particularly pleased that in the critical subject areas of math and reading, students scored the highest totals ever.

Of the students tested in reading, 94.7 percent attained proficiency, eclipsing last year’s total of 92.3 percent proficiency. Board members and district administrative staff were thrilled with the efforts of the students and quickly credited staff, students, and parents for continuing the focus on literacy skills. Student reading scores have climbed every year beginning in 2005 and much credit was given to the adopted reading program and teacher implementation of all components as designed. Fidelity to the program is a common phrase for teachers throughout the district. Highest scoring elementary schools in reading were Southside Elementary (97.6 percent) and Kootenai Elementary (96.2 percent) proficient. Clark Fork Junior-Senior High (99.1 percent) and Sandpoint Middle School (96.1) led secondary performance.

Math scores demonstrated a similar jump with a total of 89.4 percent of the students deemed proficient by the 2010 results. Again, this was the highest proficiency scores ever recorded by the students. A new program was adopted in the fall of 2009 and there was some worry regarding an “implementation dip.” Often, in the first year of an adoption, student performance can fall slightly as teachers learn the program nuances. Fortunately, the upward trend in student performance continued. Highest scoring elementary schools in math were Southside Elementary (95.8 percent) and Sagle Elementary (94.9 percent) proficient. Sandpoint Middle School (92 percent) and Clark Fork Junior-Senior High (91.3 percent) led the way at secondary.

Language usage is also a component of AYP at the elementary level. Again, scores rose across the district. Highest scoring elementary schools were Kootenai Elementary (91.7 percent) and Northside Elementary (91.5 percent).

All public schools in the state of Idaho are required to administer the ISAT test to all students. These scores form the basis for the AYP designation, with some minor variables. Private schools are not held to these same testing requirements. Public charter schools are required to administer the ISAT. The following ISAT results demonstrate our local test results on the ISAT.

  • LPOSD sixth grade reading: 88 percent proficient
  • Sandpoint Charter sixth grade Reading: 88 percent proficient
  • LPOSD seventh grade Reading: 93 percent proficient
  • Sandpoint Charter seventh grade reading 87 percent proficient
  • LPOSD eighth grade reading 92 percent proficient
  • Sandpoint Charter eighth grade reading: 90 percent proficient
  • LPOSD tenth grade reading: 89 percent proficient
  • Sandpoint Charter tenth grade reading: 62 percent proficient
  • LPOSD sixth grade math: 83 percent proficient
  • Sandpoint Charter sixth grade math: 81 percent proficient
  • LPOSD seventh grade math: 82 percent proficient
  • Sandpoint Charter seventh grade math:71 percent proficient
  • LPOSD eighth grade math: 84 percent proficient
  • Sandpoint Charter eighth grade math: 69 percent proficient
  • LPOSD tenth grade math: 78 percent proficient
  • Sandpoint Charter tenth grade math: 46 percent proficient

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Dick Cvitanich Dick Cvitanich is the Superintendent of Schools for the Lake Pend Oreille School District. He has been an educator for 33 years, and became superintendent for LPOSD in 2006. He was educated at the University of Washington where he earned a BA in History and a Superintendent's Credential. He has been married to Diane for 32 years and they have raised three sons who "taught us as much as we taught them." "I have a passion for public education and the role it plays in our democracy. In my free time I read, ski ... come to think of it, I don't have that much free time."

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