Dear Parents,

 

The annual State Report Card is now available at www.doe.sd.gov/reportcard/.  I encourage you to access it to learn more about how our District and schools are performing.

 

The Report Card encompasses a great deal of information for understanding how well schools are preparing students for success after graduation.  It’s based on a 100-point School Performance Index, or SPI.  The SPI consists of multiple performance indicators.  Two distinct indexes are used:  one for elementary and middle schools, and one for high schools.

 

Elementary and middle school performance indicators include:

·         Attendance

·         Student Achievement

 

High school performance indicators include:

·         College and career readiness

·         High school completion

·         Student achievement

 

The student achievement indicator is based on student performance on the Smarter Balanced assessment, which covers English language arts and math.  The results shown in the 2015 Report Card represent a brand new baseline for our students, because this test measures mastery on more rigorous and challenging academic standards.  With each passing year, as students become more familiar with these standards, it is expected that student performance will increase, as our young people rise to these new expectations that put them on the path to college and career readiness.

 

The following link, http://www.greatschools.org/gk/sbac-test-guide/, is a great resource that will help you better understand the new state assessment and the results.  The site also offers suggestions on how parents can support their students at each grade level and in each tested subject area.

 

On pages 2-3 are four tables that summarize our District’s 14-15 Report Card results for Beresford Elementary School (Grades 3-5), Beresford Middle School (Grades 6-8), Beresford High School (Grade 11), and Beresford School District (Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 11) based on the school performance indicators.  Pages 4-5 include two tables that summarize the individual grade results on the Smarter Balanced Assessment in the areas of English language arts and math.  Page 5 also includes our District’s Dakota STEP results in science for grades 5, 8, and 11.

 

 

At Beresford Elementary School, 87.42% of our students had a daily attendance rate of 94% or higher, compared to the state average of 81.08%.  In student achievement at grades 3-5, 51.48% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range in English language arts and math, compared to the state average of 46.44%.  For the 14-15 school year, Beresford Elementary School had a total SPI index score of 58.66.

 

Beresford Elementary School (Grades 3-5)

 

SPI

Indicators

Beresford Elementary

Points

Possible

Beresford Elementary Totals

State

Average

Totals

Attendance

(94% or >

enrolled days)

17.48

20

87.42%     >

81.08%

Student Achievement

(ELA & Math—

Gap and Non-Gap)

41.18

80

51.48%     >

46.44%

SPI Total Points

58.66

100

58.66%

NA

 

 

 

At Beresford Middle School, 86.55% of our students had a daily attendance rate of 94% or higher.  In student achievement at grades 6-8, 50.33% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range in English language arts and math, compared to the state average of 42.90%.  For the 14-15 school year, Beresford Middle School had a total SPI index score of 57.57.

 

Beresford Middle School (Grades 6-8)

 

SPI

Indicators

Beresford

Middle School

Points

Possible

Beresford Middle School Totals

State

Average

Totals

Attendance

(94% or >

enrolled days)

17.31

20

86.55%     >

76.47%

Student Achievement

(ELA & Math—

Gap and Non-Gap)

40.26

80

50.33%     >

42.90%

SPI Total Points

57.57

100

57.57%

NA

 

 

Beresford High School had a high school completion rate of 95.52% based on the four-year graduation rate and percent of students who attained a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED) in the past school year, compared to the state average of 87.01%.  In terms of college and career readiness, 73.16% of Beresford High School graduates scored an 18 or higher on their ACT English subtest and a 20 or higher on their ACT Math subtest, compared to the state average of 71.48%.  In student achievement at grade 11, 38.4% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range in English language arts and math compared to the state average of 50.09%.  For the 14-15 school year, Beresford High School had a total SPI index score of 61.37.

 

Beresford High School (Grade 11)

 

SPI

Indicators

Beresford

High School

Points

Possible

Beresford High School Totals

State

Average

Totals

High School Completion

23.88

25

95.52%     >

87.01%

College and

Career Readiness

(English ACT 18 or > & Math Act 20 or >)

18.29

25

73.16%     >

71.48%

Student Achievement

(ELA & Math—

Gap and Non-Gap)

19.20

50

38.40%     <

50.09%

SPI Total Points

61.37

100

61.37%

NA

 

 

In the Beresford School District, 87.15% of our students had a daily attendance rate of 94% or higher, compared to the state average of 79.65%.  In student achievement, 55.52% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range in English language arts, compared to the state average of 49.48%.  In student achievement, 43.27% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range in math, compared to the state average of 41.29%.  For the four year cohort graduation, 95.45% of our students received a diploma, compared to the state average of 83.96%.  For high school completion, 93.48% of our students received a diploma or GED, compared to the state average of 90.06%.  On the Math ACT, 70.73% of our students received a subtest score of 20 or higher, compared to the state average of 67.21%.  On the English ACT, 75.61% of our students received a subtest score of 18 or higher, compared to the state average of 75.75%.

 

Beresford School District (Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 11)

 

SPI

Indicators

Beresford School District

Report Card

State of South Dakota

Report Card

Percent attending 94% or more of enrolled days

87.15     >

79.65

English language arts Level 3 or 4

55.52     >

49.48

Math Level 3 or 4

43.27     >

41.29

Four year cohort graduation

95.45     >

83.96

High school completion

93.48     >

90.06

Math ACT 20 or higher

70.73     >

67.21

English ACT 18 or higher

75.61     <

75.75

 

 

 

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)—Individual Grade Results

In English Language Arts at 3rd grade, 56.14% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 48.6%; at 4th grade, 54.54% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 45.4%; at 5th grade, 43.14% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 48.9%; at 6th grade, 51.28% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 45.3%; at 7th grade, 53.44% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 49.3%; at 8th grade, 69.09% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 48.1%; at 11th grade, 47.73% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 59.3%; and based on all grades tested in English Language Arts, 55.52% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 49.5%.

 

English Language Arts

% of students at or above Level 3*

 

Grade

2015

Beresford SBAC

2015

State SBAC

Predicted

State SBAC

2013

NAEP—SD

3rd

56.14%    >

48.6%

38.1%

NA

4th

54.54%    >

45.4%

40.6%

32.0% proficient & above

5th

43.14%    <

48.9%

43.9%

NA

6th

51.28%    >

45.3%

40.5%

NA

7th

53.44%    >

49.3%

38.2%

NA

8th

69.09%    >

48.1%

41.4%

36.0% proficient & above

11th

47.73%    <

59.3%

40.9%

NA

All Grades

55.52%    >

49.5%

NA

NA

 

*Levels 3 and 4 are considered on track for college/career readiness; reflects students who met full academic year.  NAEP = National Assessment of Educational Progress.

 

In Math at 3rd grade, 59.65% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 51.4%; at 4th grade, 49.09% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 45.6%; at 5th grade, 37.25% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 37.2%; at 6th grade, 43.59% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 34.5%; at 7th grade, 27.59% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 39.4%; at 8th grade, 50.91% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 39.0%; at 11th grade, 27.27% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 38.5%; and based on all grades tested in math, 43.27% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range compared to the state average of 41.3%. 

 

 

Mathematics

% of students at or above Level 3*

 

Grade

2015

Beresford SBAC

2015

State SBAC

Predicted

State SBAC

2013

NAEP—SD

3rd

59.65%    >

51.4%

38.9%

NA

4th

49.09%    >

45.6%

37.5%

40.0% proficient & above

5th

37.25%    >

37.2%

33.0%

NA

6th

43.59%    >

34.5%

32.9%

NA

7th

27.59%    <

39.4%

32.9%

NA

8th

50.91%    >

39.0%

32.0%

38.0% proficient & above

11th

27.27%    <

38.5%

32.8%

NA

All Grades

43.27%    >

41.3%

NA

NA

 

*Levels 3 and 4 are considered on track for college/career readiness; reflects students who met full academic year.  NAEP = National Assessment of Educational Progress.

 

Additionally, our students took the Dakota STEP assessment in science in grades 5, 8, and 11.  In 5th grade, 88.24% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range, compared to the state average of 75.93%.  In 8th grade, 83.34% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range, compared to the state average of 69.39%.  In 11th grade, 63.64% of our students were proficient at the Level 3 or 4 range, compared to the state average of 71.54%.

 

Dakota STEP Science

 

Dakota STEP Science

Number Students Tested

Below

Basic

%

Level 1

Basic

%

Level 2

Proficient

%

Level 3

Advanced

%

Level 4

Beresford Total Proficient & Advanced

%

State of SD

Total Proficient & Advanced

%

5th Grade

51

0

11.76

64.71

23.53

88.24   >

75.93

8th Grade

55

0

16.67

77.78

5.56

83.34   >

69.39

11th Grade

44

2.27

34.09

59.09

4.55

63.64   <

69.29

All Grades

150

.67

20.13

67.79

11.41

79.20   >

71.54

 

If you have any questions about the Report Card, I encourage you to contact me or your child’s principal Mr. Kevin Nelson or Mr. Dustin Degen.  You are a critical component of your child’s education, and we appreciate your continued partnership and support.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Brian Field, Superintendent

Beresford School District

 

 

 

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