Even schools in good standing within the city can find themselves struggling to meet AYP on State Tests. This is what happened to Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies (MACS) in the Bronx. Despite high scores on their NYC Progress Report, missing AYP goals by just a few points positioned them as a SINI school, partially because of scores on the ELA Regents exam.
The school considered this data carefully and the CPET coach worked with English teachers to analyze the data and identify leverage points for targeting students at different performance levels. Because the school has been part of the CPET Design Your Own Periodic Assessment program, we were able to combine the efforts and goals of the DYO with the goal of an increased Regents pass rate. We designed our DYO rubric to align with the Critical Lens Rubric and monitored student performance across grade levels. Teachers analyzed their DYO data to identify strengths and struggles throughout the year and used the assessments as predictive Regents scores. Further analysis of the DYO and the ELA Regents demonstrated a 91% correlation between the two exams—confirming that these mid-year assessments were valid and reliable methods of monitoring student progress.