Research & Accountability produces a variety of comprehensive reports throughout the 2015-2016 school year on class sizes, assessment results, graduates, program evaluations and many other topics. Presentations at 2015-2016 School Board Meetings are also provided.
This presentation provided a summary of district level results on the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) taken by Fairbanks North Star Borough School District students during the 2014-2015 school year. Due to the use of a recommended alternate approach to reporting performance by race/ethnicity, an overview of the research on race and ethnicity was discussed. The "two or more races" group has doubled in size over nine years as other racial groups' sizes decrease dramatically (due to students being reported per federal requirements as two or more races and none of the races they've identified).
This presentation provided a more detailed review of the race and ethnicity research investigating the impact of federal reporting requirements for two or more races students. These students are reported as "two or more races" only and not in any of the races they've identified, with the exception of the ethnicity of Hispanic. For example, a student identified as both Alaska Native and American Indian would be reported as "two or more races" and neither Alaska Native nor American Indian. Analysis showed that the two or more races group's size was even larger in 2015-2016 and was expected to increase for several more years. Other race groups reported dramatic decreases due to the federal reporting requirements. As an example, over 55% of Asian/Pacific Islander students are reported as either Hispanic or two or more races. Consequentially, the enrollment and ethnicity report now included two ways to report race and ethnicity - include or exclude Hispanic and/or multi-racial students. Administrative recommendation would be to change the reporting of race and ethnicity when there are no federal reporting requirement involved. The Enrollment and Ethnicity Report is provided below:
This two page report provides information on the race/ethnic breakdowns of our school population. This information is provided by school and district wide. Two ways to report race and ethnicity are provided.
This presentation provided district level results on the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) and the TerraNova (TN) taken by Fairbanks North Star Borough School District students during the 2014-2015 school year. Performance by attendance and race/ethnicity, gender, economic disadvantage, disability, and english proficiency is provided. A short summary of schools' performance on the Alaska School Performance Index (ASPI) from 13-14 is also referenced.
This presentation provided a detailed review of the Early Warning System (EWS) developed by Dr. Ott. At the beginning of each year, every student districtwide is identified as Low, Medium, or High risk of dropout (color-coded as green, yellow, and red). The information used to determine risk includes attendance rate, Grade Point Average (GPA), assessment scores, suspensions, high school credits (if applicable), and retention within the previous two years. Almost 2/3 of dropouts are High Risk students despite being only 11% of all students. They are 27 times more likely to dropout than a Low risk student and only about 10% graduate. Through statistical analysis (propensity score matching) dropout rates have been shown to be cut in half with the provision of interventions for High risk students. The EWS is argued to level the playing field and is a game changer for reducing district-wide dropout rates (when first implemented with the Graduation Success Program, district-wide dropout rate was the lowest it had been in 20 years). A summary of a survey of staff concerning the EWS was reviewed as well. Also, a longitudinal trend of graduation and dropout rates was provided.