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CPCS sees slightly less AIS qualifying students in 2014

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COLTON - Students in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School district will soon find out their scores from the 2014 Common Core ELA and math state assessments, and early indications show there are slightly less students needing Academic Intervention Services (AIS) than there were in 2013.

Director of Pupil Services Lianne Knight reviewed the numbers for students in grades four through nine this week and shared them with board of education members.

“Generally speaking, when you look at the percentages and the trends, we have fewer kids qualifying for AIS in ELA and in math when you look at the majority of the individual grade levels and the cut scores were the same. The cut scores that the state designated last year are the same as this year,” Ms. Knight said.

The following is a list of percentages of students in grades four through nine who qualified for AIS last year versus this year based on the ELA test results.

• Grade 4: N/A (2013); 67% (2014).

• Grade 5: 26% (2013); 22% (2014)

• Grade 6: 61% (2013); 43% (2014)

• Grade 7: 67% (2013); 50% (2014)

• Grade 8: 39% (2013); 45% (2014)

• Grade 9: 48% (2013); 39% (2014)

Total 2013: 43% (based on 138 students)

Total 2014: 44% (based on 146 students)

The following is a list of percentages of students in grades four through nine who qualified for AIS last year versus this year based on the Math test results.

• Grade 4: N/A (2013); 25% (2014)

• Grade 5: 19% (2013); 11% (2014)

• Grade 6: 30% (2013); 30% (2014)

• Grade 7: 56% (2013); 44% (2014)

• Grade 8: 42% (2013); 19% (2014)

• Grade 9: 17% (2013); 9% (2014)

Total 2013: 30% (based on 138 students)

Total 2014: 22% (based on 146 students)

“When you’re looking at the grade four results, that’s the third-graders who took the ELA (and math.) So there was no test in second grade,” Ms. Knight explained. “So that’s a number that we’re going to pay attention to because 67 percent of our current fourth grade in ELA qualify for AIS.

“We have a district teacher leader who is teaching that class. We are bringing in a program called AIMSweb. It’s a universal assessment system that we’re going to use to screen kids in ELA and math areas. This is going to break things down into even more discrete skills and we’re going to use that AIMSweb information to help goal set for these students and monitor their progress,” she said.

Superintendent Joseph A. Kardash said that the AIS program at CPCS can be utilized in many different ways.

“It comes in many different forms,” he said. “It can be after school stuff, extra study periods depending on the age level, or additional support with assignments with more support time.”

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