Last month, the New York Times (NYT) published an article titled How Effective is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn Most. According to the article, this research out of Stanford, which included over 300 million tests analyzed and over 11,000 school districts nationwide, measured the growth of cohorts of students over five years from 3rd to 8th grade.
How did Avoca compare? According to this data, Avoca students average 6.6 years of growth in 5 years! And this coming from kids who were already over two years above grade level when the baseline 3rd grade data was collected!
According to the NY Times, this data puts Avoca in the 100th percentile! Now mathematically we know that the 100th percentile theoretically does not exist, but I am sure that the researchers carried the percentiles out to 99.9 (at least), and the NY Times just rounded to the nearest whole number. Look for a few spots in the article for boxes where you can type in the name of your school district (we are listed as Avoca, Ill., as in Illinois.) to visually see the growth in graphic form and to compare school districts.
This data is a testament to our students, their parents, the Avoca staff and the entire Avoca community for placing such high value on our school district and student learning!