Mackay Schools Shine with 4-Star and 5-Star Ratings
The Idaho State Department of Education last week released the results of Idaho performance assessments captured in Idaho’s 5-Star Rating System. The 5-star system, in its second year, replaces the “AYP” accountability system. Mackay Elementary School, for the second year, received the highest star rating, 5-stars; the middle school - high school received a 4-star rating, just 3 points shy of the 5-star rating.
Elementary schools are measured on academic growth, academic proficiency, and student participation in the spring ISAT assessment. Idaho’s 7-12 students are measured on academic growth, academic proficiency, graduation rate, students successfully completing advanced courses, and scores on college entrance exams such as the SAT and Compass, and student participating in the spring ISAT. Mackay’s students in all grades out-scored Idaho’s averages on the ISAT in all three subject areas- - reading, math, and language arts.
In the state, 648 schools had a star rating. Of the 648, only 91 were 5-star schools, 294 4-star schools, 175 3-star schools, 66 2-star, and 22 1-star schools. Statistics are not currently available, but the number of schools achieving a 5-star ranking two years in a row is likely quite minimal and is very impressive. Both of Mackay’s schools, their teachers, administrators, and students, are to be commended for their hard work, their skills, and their commitment to academic excellence. Once again Mackay’s schools shine, and they shine brightly both in demonstrated academic achievement and in comparison to other schools in the state, large and small.
Teachers will be analyzing data, learning Idaho’s Common Core Standards, writing goals, and participating in professional development striving in their on-going efforts to increase student achievement and implement the Common Core standards and the SBAC assessment. Beginning this year all schools in Idaho will transition to these standards and assessment which are much more rigorous than the previous standards and assessments and require changes in instructional practices and student expectations. It’ll be a busy and challenging year but we are ready to roll!