Four times per year, our scholars take the NWEA MAP assessment. This adaptive, computer-based test provides data that allows us to monitor student progress in Science, Math, Reading and Writing. We take these tests in September 2011, December 2011 and April 2012 and will take the test again in July 2012.
As you can see from the graph below, we can identify tremendous growth across the school in all four subject areas. At the beginning of the year, 25% of South City Prep scholars were performing on grade level in Math. By April 2012, 55% of students were performing on grade level in Math. In Reading, 31% of students were performing on grade level in September 2011, but by April 2012, 51% of students were reading on grade level.
Our vision is that every student can make it to and through college. In striving towards this ambitious goal, we know that we have to meet the needs of scholars who fall into what has been termed as the “achievement gap”. Across the country, students of color (SOC) and students who fall below the poverty line lag behind white students and more affluent students in both reading and math. At the beginning of the year, our students who qualified for Free/Reduced lunch averaged 4.4 grade level equivalent in Reading and 4.3 in Math. This compares to 6.4 in Reading and 5.5 in Math for students who did not qualify for Free/Reduced lunch.
In just seven months, we see that our students of color and students who qualify for Free/Reduced lunch are making amazing progress. Indeed, South City Prep is on track to eliminate the achievement gap. The graph below highlights this progress; our students of color have made 1.1 years worth of growth in Math and Reading and our Free/Reduced lunch students have made 1.4 years worth of growth in Reading and 1.1 years worth of growth in Math.
While we are proud of the achievements our scholars have made so far this year, we will continue to aggressively and relentlessly work towards closing the achievement gap at South City Prep.