Chugiak-Eagle River students outperform district, state peers on Alaska proficiency exams

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 14:11
  • Graduates adjust their hats before the Eagle River High School graduation ceremony on May 15, 2019. (Star file photo / Matt Tunseth)

Chugiak-Eagle River has always seen itself as a separate community from Anchorage, and when it comes to academics area schools certainly stand out.

The area’s dozen public schools outperformed their counterparts in the Anchorage School District on the state’s 2018-19 school year standardized tests in math, English and science, according to results released by the district earlier this month.

And the top test scores in the district were again turned in by Eagle Academy Charter School, which boasted the highest proficiency rates in all three subjects out of more than 90 ASD public schools. The school’s proficiency numbers were especially impressive in math, where 92.93% of students scored either proficient or advanced. That’s more than 10 percentage points higher than second-place Bayshore Elementary and an improvement of 9% over last year — when the school already boasted the most mathematically proficient students in ASD.

The nondescript charter school on Mausel Street also turned in the district’s top advanced/proficient scores in science (84.62%) and English language arts (81.82%).

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development tests students each spring in grades three through nine in English and math; and students in grades four, eight and 10 in science. The test scores are divided into four levels — advanced, proficient, below proficient and far below proficient.

While the charter school’s test scores were again eye-popping, the K-6 school wasn’t the only one putting up big numbers. Among eight public high schools, Eagle River High had the most proficient/advanced students in math (50.2%) and science (72.41%) and was second only to South High in the number of proficient/advanced English students. ERHS posted big gains over the 2017-18 school year, improving proficiency by more 9% in science, more than 6% in math and more than 4% in English.

Two other local elementary schools — Ravenwood and Birchwood ABC — also finished in the top eight spots among all ASD in both English and math proficiency.

Chugiak High finished third among ASD high schools in math (39.82%) and English (46.12%) and was second to ERHS in the number of advanced or proficient science students at 68.93%.

At the middle school level, Gruening and Mirror Lake were also well above average, with Gruening first among ASD middle schools in science proficiency (70%), second in math (48.6%) and third in English (53.4%). Mirror Lake was also in the top three schools in all three disciplines, with the second-highest proficiency rates in science (67.02%) and English (54.26%) and the third-highest in math (44.9%). Goldenview Middle School had the top scores among middle schools in math and English and was third in science proficiency.

Every school in Chugiak-Eagle River had higher proficient/advanced rates than the district and state in math. In English, only Fire Lake’s proficiency scores lagged behind state and district averages, while in science, Chugiak Elementary and Eagle River Elementary finished slightly below state and district averages.

Socioeconomic factors within the district were evident in the figures, with Caucasian students having the highest percentage of students scoring advanced or proficient on all three tests among all racial groups surveyed. In English, whites scored 57.3% advanced/proficient compared to 31.1% for all other racial groups; in math, 54.1% of whites were advanced/proficient compared to 35.6% for nonwhite and mixed race students; and in science 64.6% of whites were advanced/proficient compared to 32.9% of nonwhite/mixed race students across the state.

One of the biggest determining factors in ASD was economics. Students who were categorized as economically disadvantaged — a little more than half of all test-takers — were twice as likely to score below or far below proficient on all three tests than their non-economically disadvantaged peers.

Students of active duty military were also more proficient than their non-military peers in both English and math across all grade levels.

Test scores dropped statewide in all three disciplines for the third year in a row, a trend that was echoed to a lesser degree in Chugiak-Eagle River, where math and English proficiency fell at six schools and science proficiency dipped at nine. However, some area schools completely bucked the trend, with three schools — Eagle Academy, Gruening and ERHS — increasing their proficiency rates on all three tests.

Statewide, the number of English-proficient students dropped by about 3%, the number of science-proficient students fell by 2.5% and the number of math-proficient students dropped 1%; those numbers were roughly the same in ASD.

For a complete breakdown of the statistics, visit education.alaska.gov

 

 

AK Standardized testing 2018-19 (percent advanced/proficient)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School

Math ELA Science
Statewide 35.72 39.2 44.65
Anchorage School District 39.44 42.22 46.63
Eagle Academy Charter School 92.93 81.82 84.62
Orion Elementary 68.37 63.27 78.95
Aurora Elementary 76.19 76.19 76.47
Northern Lights ABC K-8 62.95 69.69 74.4
Steller Secondary School 52.82 74.13 73.33
Eagle River High School 50.2 48.61 72.41
Bear Valley Elementary 69.91 75 71.15
Gruening Middle School 48.6 53.4 70
Ravenwood Elementary 68.95 65.73 69.57
Chugach Optional Elementary 62.91 64.24 69.05
Chugiak High School 39.82 46.12 68.93
Rabbit Creek Elementary 70.59 68.75 67.57
Mirror Lake Middle School 44.9 54.26 67.02
South High School 46.8 51.01 66.77
Rogers Park Elementary 67.19 63.64 66.67
Rilke Schule Charter School 58.63 64.39 64.86
Dimond High School 28.08 35.74 64.22
Service High School 27.13 31.65 63.89
Polaris Charter K-12 42.91 55.4 61.47
Family Partnership Charter K-12 48.17 63.64 61.29
Huffman Elementary 67.76 62.15 60
Goldenview Middle School 49.47 55.9 59.31
Mt. Spurr Elementary 66.96 58.04 59.26
Frontier Charter School 37.25 48.98 59.09
Highland Academy Charter 23.91 32.61 58.93
Girdwood School 69.23 64.1 57.14
Fire Lake Elementary 46.04 36.69 57.14
Alpenglow Elementary 57.48 54 56.63
Homestead Elementary 61.93 52.84 56.41
Ursa Minor Elementary 57.32 50.32 56.41
Aquarian Charter School 60 64.56 56.36
Bayshore Elementary 82.71 73.58 54.93
O’Malley Elementary 63.47 61.68 53.85
Romig Middle School 37.62 48.15 53.57
Baxter Elementary 41.84 35.71 52.94
Winterberry Charter School 34.03 56.25 52.27
Birchwood ABC Elementary 68.66 65.41 52.17
Trailside Elementary 62.84 61.29 51.79
West High School 28.85 35.11 48.74
Campbell STEM Elementary 52.79 46.19 47.62
Inlet View Elementary 56.94 50.34 47.06
PAIDEA Cooperative School 17.78 31.11 46.88
Bartlett High School 16.81 27.51 45.6
East High School 17.24 21.59 45.36
Ursa Major Elementary 45.45 46.82 44.44
Chugiak Elementary 52.99 50.2 43.94
Bowman Elementary 53.47 53.47 43.84
Turnagain Elementary 40.87 43.75 43.48
Kincaid Elementary 61.21 49.39 41.98
Denali Montessori Elementary 36.7 47.03 40.35
Mears Middle School 33.24 40.11 40.32
College Gate Elementary 41.62 44.85 40
Eagle River Elementary 56.67 52.86 39.22
Scenic Park Elementary 58.41 50.93 38.64
Hanshew Middle School 22.76 35.73 37.46
Government Hill Elementary 34.82 35.51 35.62
Wendler Middle School 18.49 31.39 35.34
Klatt Elementary 48.61 40.47 35
Alaska Native Cultural Charter 34.25 22.1 33.87
Ocean View Elementary 50.88 44.49 33.33
Sand Lake Elementary 57.26 46.57 32.97
Anchorage STrEaM Academy 19.71 29.93 32.65
Muldoon Elementary 38.86 26.7 31.94
Susitna Elementary 39.13 36.41 31.58
Chinook Elementary 38.46 39.49 30.99
Creekside Park Elementary 35.81 28.37 30.88
Central Middle School of Science 18.41 33.05 30.81
Russian Jack Elementary 30.77 25 27.08
Whaley School 5.26 18.56 26.79
Spring Hill Elementary 30.17 29.88 26.09
Clark Middle School 12.06 22 24.92
Kasuun Elementary 33.94 38.81 24.14
Begich Middle School 13.94 23.77 24.04
Gladys Wood Elementary 34.98 33 24
Tudor Elementary 26.4 37.07 22.81
Nunaka Valley Elementary 27.52 20.18 21.95
Willow Crest Elementary 29.25 29.58 21.57
Wonder Park Elementary 18.78 17.68 20.31
Taku Elementary 26.82 29.61 19.57
Northwood ABC Elementary 28.23 30.4 19.35
Airport Heights Elementary 25.97 22.65 18
Abbott Loop Elementary 28.32 26.59 16
Lake Otis Elementary 19.92 21.2 15.87
Ptarmigan Elementary 26.82 17.22 15.71
North Star Elementary 13.93 16.92 13.33
Lake Hood Elementary 25.62 31.53 13.04
Williwaw Elementary 30 22.15 10.91
William Tyson Elementary 20.97 20.43 8.93
Chester Valley Elementary 8.8 12.9 5.88
Fairview Elementary 18.45 12.11 4.45
Mountain View Elementary 15.27 6.11 2.78
 

 

Source: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

Note: Some schools did not report due to privacy issues related to too few test-takers.

 

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