HCPSS MPIA Request #2020-009

Requested Information
I am requesting data for the number of students who are 1 or more years behind grade level in reading and math by grade and school for the 2018-2019.

Please provide a list of progress monitoring tools used.

Thank you.
Date Received
Status
Complete
Response Notes

For reference, the response to MPIA 2019-029 includes progress monitoring tools used in the identification of on, above or below grade level indicators. Specifically under that response you will find:

  • Mathematics Instructional Level Identification Guides – the indicators teachers use to measure whether a student is On, Above, or Below grade level at the elementary and middle school levels. Please note, there is no below-grade level indicator at the high school level as Secondary Mathematics staff uses MAP scores, performance on PARCC, course performance and articulation/recommendation from teachers per HCPSS Policy 8020 Grading and Reporting: High Schools.
  • Elementary Language Arts Instructional Level Placement Guide – provides guidance for determining students’ instructional level in reading and assists teachers in measuring whether a student is On, Above, or Below grade level. Teachers utilize the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System as one indicator/progress monitoring tool for grades 1-5. The assessment system provides teachers with precise tools and texts to observe and quantify specific reading behaviors, and then interpret and use that data to plan meaningful instruction for each student. The benchmark assessments are analyzed by reviewing miscues during oral reading and comprehension of text is determined by having students respond to questions that are within the text, beyond the text and about the text. Please note, our Curriculum Office indicates grades Pre-K-1, as this is a time of reading development, is fluid and students are expected to gain proficiency at different rates. While we have quarterly and end-of-year reading benchmarks for students in Kindergarten students are not identified as at risk for reading failure if benchmarks are not met. Teachers and schools monitor and support students not meeting quarterly and end-of-year benchmarks in a variety of ways. At the end of the first marking period in grade one, a student’s reading level is marked as On, Above or Below grade level on the report card.
Responsive Documents
Available counts of students per school who are one or more grade levels behind at the elementary and middle school levels, per the indicators noted in the documents provided above and per the data parameters included in the file notes. Please note, our Curriculum Office indicates the below grade level marker for math is used beginning in grade one, and thus will not identify students in Kindergarten as Above, On or Below grade level. Under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, HCPSS must protect against the potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students. In accordance, HCPSS follows the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics’ guidelines for protecting student privacy in public reporting and suppresses the following from responsive records: populations that fall below 10; percentages that are less than or equal to 5, or greater than or equal to 95; categories directly related to specific student records; and/or information that, when combined with other publicly accessible data, can reasonably identify an individual student or reveals information from an individual student’s record. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, data collection and reporting is consistently subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, parameters used, categories included, etc.
Available counts of students per school who are one or more grade levels behind at the elementary and secondary levels, per the indicators noted in the documents provided above and per the data parameters included in the file notes. Under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, HCPSS must protect against the potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students. In accordance, HCPSS follows the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics’ guidelines for protecting student privacy in public reporting and suppresses the following from responsive records: populations that fall below 10; percentages that are less than or equal to 5, or greater than or equal to 95; categories directly related to specific student records; and/or information that, when combined with other publicly accessible data, can reasonably identify an individual student or reveals information from an individual student’s record. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, data collection and reporting is consistently subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, parameters used, categories included, etc.

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