Covid has hit education hard. Students have lost critical learning time across the country. However, Coventry was one of the first districts to return to school in person and full time. We should be well within a recovery curve but results in critical areas, such as middle school math, are continuing to plummet.
The chart above depicts year over year math scores by grade. Note - 2019-2020 is the covid year in which we went remote, no testing was required by the state. Immediately coming out of our covid year – Grade 6 did not show significant learning loss (we did a good job). However grade 7 and and 8 demonstrated the levels of loss expected. We should expect 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 to show significant improvement in recovery. However grade 6 plummeted, and Grade 8 continued to decline.
Results from 2022-2023 shown below:
Grade 6 – Not only did we not recover any – we lost another 9% of students at or above grade levels. Less than 35% Coventry 6th Graders are proficient in math.
High school SAT Growth – From 2018 -2022 district level SAT scores have been relatively flat. (If not overall on a slight decline). Year over year the expectation should be a continual increase in overall SAT performance. (Note score range for each of these bars is 400-800)
Lastly, the district spends a significant portion of the budget on the pupil support services, intervention and special needs education. The PSSS achievement report makes no mention of actual student growth and performance of meeting individual education plans (IEP)s. There is no board level understanding if this program is effective in meeting student needs. We can only show we are compliant to state mandates.