Wyoming releases school performance ratings

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KJSHS earns Meeting Expectations rating, CES and KES earn Partially Meeting Expectations

School performance ratings for Wyoming schools were released on Thursday, Nov. 1. The ratings for Wyoming high schools are measured using several indicators: achievement, growth, equity, English Learner Progress, extended graduation rate, post-secondary readiness and grade-nine credits. There are four possible overall ratings determined by the Wyoming Accountability in Education ACT (WAEA): Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations or Not Meeting Expectations.

Full school accountability results and summary reports for the state can be viewed here. 

Kemmerer Junior Senior High School

This year, Kemmerer Junior Senior High School earned a WAEA School performance rating of Meeting Expectations. KJSHS has earned a Meeting Expectations rating for several years, although the ratings on individual categories have varied. Kemmerer Junior Senior High School serves 248 students in grades 7–12.

KJSHS met targets in growth, equity and achievement. Extended graduation and grade-nine credits earned Exceeds Target ratings. The only category that earned KJSHS a Below Target rating was Post-secondary Readiness.

Post-secondary readiness is measured by the percentage of students who demonstrate readiness for college or career. The category is based on a school’s student scores on assessments such as the ACT. Scores on the ACT dropped for both LCSD No. 1 and the state this year.

Achievement measures this year’s WYTOPP test scores. Growth compares this year’s WYTOPP and ACT scores to prior year’s test scores. Equity measures the growth of subgroups of students that typically score lower on standardized tests. 

Last year, Kemmerer Junior Senior High School earned Meeting Targets ratings on overall readiness, grad rate target level, equity and growth. Last year’s ratings ranked KJSHS Below Targets on Achievement. 

Kemmerer Elementary School

Kemmerer Elementary School, which serves 148 students in grades K–2, earned a WAEA School Performance Rating of Partially Meeting Expectations.

In the Achievement and Equity categories, KES earned a Meets Target rating.

Achievement is measured by WYTOPP scores, and Equity is measured by the growth of lower-scoring students.

KES earned a Below Target rating in the Growth category. Growth is measured by comparing this year’s WYTOPP scores to the school’s scores on prior tests.

These category ratings are identical to what KES received last year.

When last year’s WAEA results were released by the state, LCSD No. 1 superintendent Teresa Chaulk told the Gazette that growth is a difficult category to improve on if students are already scoring high on tests like WYTOPP.

No statistics were included in the overall rating report for the KES English Learner Performance category.

Canyon Elementary School

Canyon Elementary School, which has 200 students enrolled in grades 3-6, also earned a WAEA School Performance Rating of Partially Meeting Expectations.

Canyon Elementary earned a Meets Target rating in the Achievement and Equity categories. CES earned a Below Target rating in the Growth category.

These category ratings are identical to what CES received last year.

No statistics were included in the overall rating report for the KES English Learner Performance category.