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Student Achievement Report - 2018

Dr. Lensi Nikolov; Supervisor of Reading, Federal Programs, and English Language Development; delivered the annual student achievement report to the Board of School Directors at their December meeting. Central Bucks students continue to perform well above state averages in each grade level tested, and in every test administered during the cycle. The detailed report can be viewed here.

PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment)

Students in grades 3-8 are assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, and students in grades 4-8 students are assessed in science. In all, 19,000 PSSA tests were administered to CBSD students in grades 3-8.

In looking at the 2018 results, Dr. Nikolov noted that there was no indication that there were statistically significant changes in student achievement from 2017 results. Pennsylvania reduced the overall length of the ELA and math PSSA tests, resulting in two fewer days of testing for students in 2018; following calls from families, educators, and school boards across the Commonwealth to reduce the emphasis on standardized tests in schools.

2018 Results

The combined results of all grade levels who were assessed in ELA reveal that Central Bucks students outperformed the state average by 24%, and the combined results of all tested grade levels in math had Central Bucks students outperform by the same margin. In science, Central Bucks students' combined results exceeded the state average by 18%.

2017 Testing Data - Points of Pride

Statewide results of the 2016-2017 testing cycle are now available to school districts. This data enables CBSD to compare its results to that of peers across the county and the Commonwealth:

  • The number of CBSD students performing at or above proficiency in grades 4-8 on the ELA PSSA was the second highest among all Bucks County school districts, and 22nd among 638 school districts and other educational institutions participating in the test across the Commonwealth.
  • On the math PSSA, the number of CBSD students performing at or above proficiency in grades 4-8 was the third highest among all Bucks County school districts, and the district was ranked 31st among 638 school districts and other educational institutions participating in the test across the Commonwealth.

As a reminder, Dr. Nikolov noted that standardized tests are just one way that school districts like Central Bucks measure student achievement. “It’s a mere snapshot in a student’s complete album of performance,” she noted, echoing Assistant Superintendent Dr. Nadine Garvin’s remarks earlier in the board meeting.

Curriculum based assessments like unit tests and quizzes are combined with performance assessments like projects and presentations, and other formative and summative data that teachers collect each day to drive classroom instruction and inform differentiation to ensure that each child makes progress and can demonstrate what they know and are able to do.

Keystone Exams

Secondary school students are also administered end of course algebra, biology, and literature “Keystone” exams. Students take the exam once and only repeat the exam if they do not achieve proficiency. Students’ best scores are banked in 11th grade. The Keystone exams were administered to 3,185 CBSD students in grades 8-11 in 2018.

2018 Results

After reveiw of spring Keystone testing results, CBSD students outperformed peers at the state by 44.4% in algebra, 32% in biology, and 27% in literature.

2017 Testing Data - Points of Pride

In reviewing newly released data, CBSD students continue their strong performance when compared to peers locally and across the Commonwealth:

  • Algebra Keystone test scores for CBSD were the highest among all Bucks County school districts, and 4th among 582 school districts and other educational institutions participating in the test across the Commonwealth.
  • Biology Keystone test scores for CBSD were the third highest among all Bucks County school districts, and 22nd among 571 school districts and other educational institutions participating in the test across the Commonwealth.
  • Literature Keystone test scores for CBSD were the second highest among all Bucks County school districts, and 14th among 563 school districts and other educational institutions participating in the test across the Commonwealth.

After the presentation, Superintendent Dr. John J. Kopicki said, “We would be remiss if we didn’t congratulate our parents for the work that they do with our kids and for having them so ready and prepared before they walk through the door, and for continuing to support us and them as they go through their academics in the Central Bucks School District."

“[I] Congratulate the students obviously for their dedication to learning, and then obviously I’m very proud of our teachers for their work ethic and the work that that they do in our schools day in and day out - it’s represented in these scores,” he added.

Download Dr. Nikolov’s 2018 student achievement report from the Central Bucks School District’s website here.