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August 19, 2019

Great news for Heritage Academy students and teachers . . . 

 

The Idaho Department of Education released the 2018-19 test results on Friday, August 16th and Heritage Academy students made the most growth in our area!

 

We are proud of the hard work our students have done over the past few years!  Many of our students are behind when they enroll in our school. One out of every four students has a disability that impacts his or her education.  One out of every four of our students is learning English as a new language. Most of our students are overcoming economic, social and/or emotional challenges that impact their education.

 

These results show that our students have the mindsets, perseverance, and ability to achieve great things!!!  

 

We are thankful to have amazing teachers and staff members.  Their high expectations, commitment to our students, support and understanding have made it possible for our students to grow significantly more than many other schools.  

 
  • Please take the time to thank your child/student for his or her hard work!  

  • Please take the time to thank a teacher for his or her commitment to our students.  

  • Please take the time to share our school’s success with a family member, friend, community member or elected official.

  • Congratulations, Heritage Academy!  

 

Here is a snapshot of what our school and surrounding schools accomplished during the 2018-19 school year: 

 

Most Significant Gains

 
 

Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 IRI

2018 - 2019

ISAT MATH

2018-2019

ISAT ELA

School

Heritage Academy

Heritage Academy & North Valley Charter

Heritage Academy

Percent Growth

109% Growth in Reading

22% Growth in Math

77% Growth in Language Arts

 

Least Growth/Gain

 
 

Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 IRI

2018 - 2019

ISAT MATH

2018-2019

ISAT ELA

School

North Valley Charter

Horizon Elementary

Jerome Middle School

Percent Growth

9% Growth in Reading

Loss of 15% in Math

Loss of 12% in Language Arts

 
  • The state uses the following method to calculate the percentage of growth:  First, calculate the difference (increase) between the two numbers you are comparing. Then, divide the increase by the original number and multiply the answer by 100. If your answer is a negative number then this is a percentage decrease.

School

2018-19

Fall IRI

Percent Proficient when school starts

2018-19

Spring IRI

Percent Proficient when school ends

Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 Idaho Reading Indicator - Percentage Gain/Growth 

Spring 2018 to Spring 2019 ISAT Language Arts - Percentage Gain/Growth 

Spring 2018 to Spring 2019 ISAT Math - Percentage 

Gain/Growth

Spring 2019 ISAT Science

Scores

State of Idaho

52.6%

70.4%

34% Growth

4% Growth

3% Gain

59.6% Proficient

Heritage Academy

28.4%

59.3%

109% Growth

77% Growth

22% Gain

32.5% Proficient

Jefferson Elementary

42%

46.7%

11% Growth

<4% Loss

10% Loss

Students in these grades do not take the ISAT Science test

Horizon Elementary

42.3%

61.4%

45% Growth

2% Loss

15% Loss

Students in these grades do not take the ISAT Science test

Jerome Middle School

Students in these grades do not take the IRI

Students in these grades do not take the IRI

Students in these grades do not take the IRI

12% Loss

20% Loss

39.1% Proficient

Jerome School District

41.9%

54%

29% Growth

6% Loss

10% Loss

47.9% Proficient

Gooding School District

48.5%

67%

38% Growth

17% Gain

4% Gain

54.2% Proficient

North Valley Academy

50.6%

54.9%

9% Growth

25% Gain

22% Gain

51.2% Proficient

 

Most Challenging Characteristics

 
 

Students from Economically Challenged Families

Students with Disabilities

Students Learning English as a New Language

Students At Risk

(Foster Care, Homeless, Migrant)

School

Heritage Academy

Heritage Academy

Jefferson Elementary

Heritage, Jefferson & Horizon

Percent 

96%

24%

43%

5%

 

Least Challenging Demographic Characteristics

 
 

Students from Economically Disadvantaged Families

Students with Disabilities

Students Learning English as a New Languages

Students At Risk

(Foster Care, Homeless, Migrant)

School

North Valley Charter

Jefferson Elementary

North Valley Charter

North Valley Charter

Percent 

60%

<10%

4%

3%

 

Student Demographics Characteristics

Some of you may have heard about the criticism of Heritage Academy, Jerome School District and the Jerome Community by several appointed state officials this summer.  The 2018-19 assessment results show that good things are happening in our schools.  

It is important to look at both the starting point (level of proficiency when school starts in the fall) and student demographic characteristics when looking at a school’s success.  Some schools serve students with fewer barriers to success (economic factors, disabilities, learning English as a new language, etc.). Many of those schools start with 80-100% proficiency in the fall.  Their goal is to challenge students who are already succeeding.  

Most of the schools in our community serve students who have barriers to success or who are significantly behind when they start school in the fall.  It’s easy to look at a test score and say that one school is better than another because the percentage of proficient students is higher.  The real story is growth.  Schools exist to help students learn and grow.  The great thing about public education (charter schools and traditional schools) in the United States is that we welcome all students regardless of whether they are behind, ahead or just where we expect them to be academically. 
We also welcome all students, even those that have significant barriers to learning.

We want all Idaho students to grow and succeed.  It is exciting to see that schools in our community are all working hard to provide high-quality education to the students they serve!

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%

24%

19%

45%

5%

Jefferson Elementary

<68%

<10%

43%

56.7%

5%

Horizon Elementary

68%

12%

36%

55.1%

5%

Jerome Middle School

69%

13%

14%

55%

4%

Jerome School District

64%

11%

22%

55%

5%

Gooding School District

72%

11%

13%

40%

4%

North Valley Academy

60%

13%

4%

24%

3%