CSD Students Outperform State and National Counterparts on iReady Assessments
Clover School District (CSD) students outperformed their state and national counterparts on iReady formative assessments in reading and mathematics administered to students in grades K-8 during the 2021-2022 school year.
CSD released formative assessment data from the iReady software system at Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting. The data release is a precursor to the district’s performance on state assessments, which are scheduled for release by the South Carolina Department of Education throughout September.
Formative assessments are “checkpoints” educators use to confirm that students are mastering academic content. They are not graded, but they inform teacher understanding about which students are ready to move on to new content and which may require remediation. The iReady software allows students to pursue a personalized path toward their learning goals.
In K-8 mathematics, a total of 65% of CSD students performed at or above grade level on the iReady assessment. That’s compared to 43% of students in South Carolina and 41% of students from across the U.S. CSD students also are performing at higher levels now than before the pandemic. The national norm for the 2018-2019 school year was 59%.
In K-8 reading, a total of 65% of CSD students performed at or above grade level on the iReady assessment. That’s compared to 52% of students in South Carolina and 48% of students from across the U.S. Reading performance also exceeded national levels prior to the pandemic. The national norm for the 2018-2019 school year was 57%.
Students demonstrated high levels of growth across the year. In mathematics, 23%-50% of students in each grade level achieved what is known as “stretch growth,” which is typically characterized as more than a year’s worth of learning in the subject area. In reading, 31%-44% of students in each grade level achieved stretch growth.
The report was presented by Chief Academic Officer Dr. Millicent Dickey and Personalized Learning Instructional Specialist Casey Lefler.