Long Beach Island Grade School Sees Growth in PARCC Testing Performance

Nov 22, 2017

Students at the Long Beach Island Grade School have participated in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessment testing since the 2014-15 school year, and the district is happy to report scores have continued to increase since that time.

As Long Beach Island Consolidated School District Superintendent Peter Kopack remarked, “The PARCC test is used as one measure of student progress as we look to many factors that determine growth for our students. Overall, our district has performed well in PARCC testing, and … has seen growth in English language arts/literacy and mathematics each year.”

According to Julie Oldham, school counselor and district testing coordinator, “We have three years of scores for our students in comparison to other students in New Jersey and in cross-state PARCC districts.”

In 2014-15, the percentage of fifth- and sixth-grade students who “passed” fell below the percentage of their peers in those districts. However, the scores increased in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, and now “our students who have met or exceeded expectations have surpassed those percentages in both N.J. and cross-state PARCC districts,” said Oldham.

With the exception of the first year of the math assessment, the majority of students in grades three to six met or exceeded expectations in both math and language arts.

As Kopack also reported, “The Long Beach Island Consolidated School District had a very busy 2016-17 school year. Our school community participated in ‘Pennies for Patients’ by collecting money to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and as a result, students, staff and the school community received an award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a Top Per Capita Fundraising School in New Jersey.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to support the mission of LLS to fight cancer, and to support those in need.”

And last month, staff and students worked to combat drugs through several themed events and projects. Also in October, parents were invited to attend lunches to celebrate National School Lunch Week and to be part of the PTA Book Fair.

“The introduction to Student Assisted Interactive Leadership was terrific, and the students were really excited to be part of an assembly at the Long Beach Island Grade School,” said Kopack. “Special thanks to all staff and students for taking part and dressing up for the assembly, which was held as a Sock Hop – the students really enjoyed it!

“In addition, it was great to see the students collect many pairs of socks … to help the Kiwanis Club of LBI and their Happy Feet campaign to provide socks to local charities. The Kiwanis Club informed our district that we collected 520 pairs of socks.”

To learn more about district happenings, visit lbischools.org. —J.K-H.

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