Southgate anderson high school A Presentation of Progress Erika Bailey Liz Hanna-Minni John Rama Adam Seneski Catherine Russell
MME / ACT • The MME & ACT tests are given to all students in the spring of 11th grade. • The Class of 2010 will take the MME and ACT next week. • These tests are mandated by the State of Michigan. • Student achievement on these tests is used as an indicator of school progress. • Curriculum in all classes is aligned with the state curriculum that is assessed with these tests.
PLAN Test • The PLAN test is given to all students in the fall of 10th grade. • The school spends approximately $4000 yearly for the administration, scoring, and reporting of this test. • The PLAN test is used as an indicator of student achievement on the ACT test. • Each department analyzes PLAN results and implements strategies to better prepare students for the ACT and graduation.
Advanced Placement Classes • Advanced Placement classes are rigorous, college-level courses that prepare SAHS students for the AP exam in May of each year and for the rigors of classes at the university level. • Students who pass the AP exam, earning at least a 3 on a 5 point scale, have the possibility of earning college credit. • Each core subject department offers two AP courses.
Class Ownership • Each course at the high school is “owned” by one or more teachers. • The teacher that owns a course is responsible for the curriculum of the course, the pacing and the major assessments. • Course ownership encourages consistency in a course that is taught by multiple teachers.
English Presented by Liz Hanna-Minni
EdPerformance - English The EdPerformance test is an online assessment given to all students. Although SAHS is no longer using this test, data accumulated through 2007 shows statistically significant improvement; scores rose an average of 70 points per year of schooling.
English Conclusion • SAHS students showed large improvements over the state average in the second year of implementation of the MME. • An important thing to notice is that, when all students took the ACT test, average scores for the state dropped about 2% in each ELA category, but SAHS scores rose between 2-4% in each ELA category. • All available data shows improvement in SAHS students’ English Language Arts skills from year to year.
Mathematics Presented by John Rama
Advanced Math • Our department offers AP Calculus, Calculus and AP Statistics classes for students interested in taking an advanced math class during their senior year. • Each year, we generally have 50 students take either AP Calculus or Calculus and an additional 50 take AP Statistics.
Math Conclusion • Students at AHS improved significantly in their MME and ACT results from 2006-2007 to 2007-2008. • Factors contributing to improvement include: • More rigorous classes • 75% of overall grade in core classes comes from formative assessments. (Piloting an increase to 90%) • All tests are cumulative. • We have developed common assessments for each class. • Tests are formatted to be ACT test format. (60 M.C. Questions / 60 minutes)
Math Conclusion • Factors contributing to improvement continued: • All core classes are aligned to Michigan's H.S.C.E's. • Cognitive Tutor classes are offered to provide students with an alternative to a traditional learning environment. • Moving Forward • We are making a change from the traditional sequence for offering math classes. Traditionally students take Algebra 1 in 9th grade and Geometry in 10th grade. In the future students at AHS will take Geometry in 9th grade and Algebra 1 in 10th.
Math Conclusion • Moving Forward (continued) • We are going to discuss ways to improve / change instruction in classes to deepen the understanding students have of the math concepts they are taught. • We are going to discuss more efficient and effective ways to package the concepts taught in each class. • We will continue our discussion related to the best way to offer Algebra 2 to students to help them succeed in this difficult class.
Science Presented by Catherine Russell
Science Conclusion • We predict that our scores will continue to rise as: • Students become less affected by the transition to trimesters • Additional changes in the state mandated curriculum are implemented in science classes • ACT Prep class is improved • Better review of material covered at the junior high level is developed • Students become more comfortable with standardized test questions and formatting
Social Studies Presented by Adam Seneski
AP U.S. History & U.S. Government • The Social Studies Department offers AP Government and AP History courses which rotate every other year. • Last year in AP Government 85% of the students who took the test scored high enough to earn college credits.
Social Studies Conclusion • Improvement strategies that have been implemented to improve and keep consistent standardized scores: • Department-wide tests given by each teacher in every core Social Studies class. • Every strand of Social Studies given by the state is covered in each unit of core classes. • Tests are similar to the format of MME tests and every test includes a selection of maps, graphs, and reading selections helping the student become comfortable with those aspects of standardized tests.
Social Studies Conclusion Cont. • The goal of every Social Studies teacher is to make sure that struggling students receive the proper guidance to improve academic grade and MME scores through: • Communication with parents • Communication with all departments to pinpoint struggling areas • Communication interdepartmentally to ensure that everyone is constantly implementing department strategies
Anderson High Presented by Erika Bailey
MME Results The following slides show a comparison of the scores on the MME of Southgate Anderson students to the scores of students throughout the state of Michigan. The data is from the 2006 - 2007 and the 2007 - 2008 school years.
ACT Results The following slides show a comparison of the scores on the ACT of Southgate Anderson students to the scores of students throughout the state of Michigan. The scores represent both the 2006 - 2007 school year and the 2007 - 2008 school year.
ACT Comparison2007 vs. 2008 Scores