Reward schools selection is the result of a new methodology approved in the state’s Flexibility Waiver. This year’s program recognizes eight Title I elementary and middle schools that demonstrated the greatest gains in composite Median Student Growth Percentile in Reading and Mathematics based on the most recent three years of NECAP results.
The New Hampshire Department of Education is pleased to announce that the following schools have been selected as a Title I Reward School.
Reward School Methodology
In this procedure “all schools” refers to schools designated as Title I schools
Rank order all elementary and middle schools based on the combined average of % proficient (and above) in math and reading for the last three years, and divide into quartiles*.
Rank order all high schools based on the combined average of % proficient (and above) in math and reading for the last three years, and divide into quartiles.
Calculate 3-year composite Median Student Growth Percentile** for all elementary and middle schools.
For all high schools, calculate differential (delta) of combined index (math and reading) scores between the early average (in this case years 2009-10 and 2010-11) and late (in this case years 2011-12 and 2012-13) average scores – using the most recent 4-year combined index.
Elementary and Middle Schools, select schools with Composite MGP of 60 or greater from each performance quartile. These are the Elementary/Middle School Reward Schools.
High Schools, select schools from each performance quartile where the delta between the early average combined (math and reading) index scores is 10 or greater AND where the late average is 160 or greater. These are the High School Reward Schools.
*Each quartile contains 25% of the total observations. Generally, the data is ordered from smallest to largest with those observations falling below 25% of all the data analyzed allocated within the 1st quartile, observations falling between 25.1% and 50% and allocated in the 2nd quartile, then the observations falling between 51% and 75% allocated in the 3rd quartile, and finally the remaining observations allocated in the 4th quartile.
** The New Hampshire Growth Model measures student growth by taking account of where a student starts and uses NECAP results for all NH students in a given content area and grade to quantify each student’s annual progress. The resulting measure is called a student growth percentile. Similar to height and weight percentiles used to describe the relative height and weight of an infant compared to other infants of the same sex and age(e.g. a child’s weight is in the 80 percentile as compared to all other male, or female, children), a student growth percentile describes the relative growth a student made compared to other students with the same achievement history their academic peers. Academic peers are not an actual set of students but are constructed using all the state’s data. Simply put it’s a model that evaluates the change in a student’s achievement over at least two points in time compared to the student’s “academic peers,” (i.e., students with the same prior score history). The results are reported as a student growth percentile that describes the student’s growth relative to his/her academic peers. Individual student results can be aggregated to any unit desired such as subgroup, classrooms, schools, and districts.