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Achievement of Hmong Students in Saint Paul Public Schools. Hmong Youth Educational Services Banquet – June 2006. Tom Watkins Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment Saint Paul Public Schools. Purpose of Presentation.
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Hmong Youth Educational Services Banquet – June 2006
Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment
Saint Paul Public Schools
Asian American student enrollment in SPPS has increased from about 5,000 in 1987 to about 14,000 in 1999, and has declined and stabilized since…
In READING on the Stanford Achievement Test, 10th Edition (SAT10), Hmong students have improved each year but are still below the national and district averages…
On the SAT10 in Math, Hmong students have had large gains and are above the district average.
On the MCA in Reading, Hmong students have increased their proficiency in grades 3 and 5, and are at or near the SPPS average in grades 7 & 10 where most students have had more time in the country.
On the MCA in Math, Hmong students are performing near or above the district average at each grade level.
Over the past six years, there has been a consistent narrowing of the Asian-Caucasian Achievement Gap on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in SPPS (Grades 3 & 5) in Reading and Mathematics. Gaps have also been narrowing between ELL and non-ELL and Free-Reduced and Non-Free-Reduced.
On the Basic Skills Test in READING, Asian-American students demonstrated large increases, especially in the last year. The Asian-Caucasian gap decreased significantly from 2000 to 2005.
On the Basic Skills Test in MATH, scores for Asian-American students were stable from 2000 to 2004, but then increased significantly in 2005, narrowing the Asian-Caucasian achievement gap.
There are still significant achievement gaps between Asian and Caucasian students on the ACT Assessment
Asian-American students have participated in honors courses at about the same level as the district over the past few years, and their current participation rate is higher than the district…
In terms of Advanced Placement (AP) Test participation over the past five years, the number of Asian-American students has been stable…
…at the same time, the percentage of Asian-American students passing AP Tests has not increased since 2002, and decreased significantly in 2005.
Although Asian-American students generally have better attendance than other students in SPPS, the increase in absenteeism at the high school level is more dramatic.
Four-Year Completion Rates for Asian-American students have increased over the past four years to 70%, while the drop-out rate has decreased to about 10%...
…and district-wide the completion rates match the best rate ever in 2001, and the dropout rate is the best since this measure was first tracked in 1997.
On the NCLB Graduation Rate, Asian American Students and Caucasian students have seen increases and are the highest performing student groups.
Note: The NCLB Graduation Rate is the graduates divided by the graduates plus dropouts.