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November 19, 2019

Fall 2019 Heritage Academy Reading Scores

 

More great news from Heritage Academy!!!!

 

The Idaho Department of Education just released the State’s fall reading scores and Heritage Academy results show more growth!

 

The Idaho Public Charter School Commission (PCSC) and its staff criticized Heritage and said Heritage students would be better off if they returned to the Jerome School District.  They said all Jerome students (Heritage and JSD) would be much better off if they were bussed to Commission-favorite North Valley Academy, a charter school in Gooding.

 

The Commissioners said that Heritage, Jerome School District and North Valley Charter School serve populations with the same demographic characteristics.  They say that North Valley students grow while Heritage and Jerome School District students fail.

 

The actual data say something very different . . . and it looks like the main thing the schools have in common is a similar summer slump (the loss that occurs while students are on summer break).  

 

Once again, the data show that Heritage Academy is overcoming tremendous barriers and challenging demographic characteristics to produce growth!  

 

Congratulations to the Heritage Academy teachers, superintendent and school board members!  

 

Student Demographic Characteristics - NOT THE SAME

School

Students from Low-Income Families

Students with Disabilities

Students Learning English

Non-White

At-Risk

(Homeless, Foster Care, etc.)

State of Idaho

45%

11%

7%

24.9%

5%

Heritage Academy

96% of Students from low-income families

24% of Students with Disabilities

19% Students Learning English

45%

Non-White

5%

At-Risk

Jerome School District

64%

11%

22%

55%

5%

North Valley Academy

60%

13%

4%

24%

3%


Student Growth - NOT THE SAME

School

2018-19

Fall IRI

2018-19

Spring IRI

Growth 

State of Idaho

52.6%

70.4%

34% Increase in 1 year

Heritage Academy

28.4% 

59.3%

109% Increase in 1 year

Jerome School District

41.9%

54%

29% Increase in 1 year

North Valley Academy

50.6%

54.9%

9% Increase in 1 year


Fall 2019 IRI Proficiency  - NOT THE SAME

  • These data show two important things:

  1.  Spring 2019 to Fall 2019 data show summer loss which may be regained over the school year.

  2. For Heritage Academy, 91% of first through third graders tested attended Heritage Academy during the 2018-19 school year.  The increase in Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 proficiency shows the positive impact and growth due to good instruction provided by the school.

School

Fall Proficiency

2018 IRI

Spring Proficiency 2019 IRI

Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 Growth

Fall Proficiency 2019 IRI

Spring to Fall Loss

Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 Growth

State of Idaho

52.6%

70.4%

34% Increase in 1 year

54.7%

22% Loss over the summer

4% Increase

Heritage Academy

28.4%

59.3%

109% Increase

In 1 year

42.4%

28% Loss over the summer

49% Increase

Jerome School District

41.9%

54%

29% Increase in 1 year

36%

33% Loss over the summer

14% Decrease

North Valley Academy

50.6%

54.9%

9% Increase in 1 year

39.7%

28% Loss over the summer

22% Decrease