Aytes highlights district’s ‘Top 10’ successes

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Dr. Mike Aytes, Richmond Public School’s new assistant superintendent, presented a Student Achievement Report at October’s school board meeting he dubbed a “Top 10.”

Aytes described the report as “a few snapshots of student achievement, with most of this coming from last year’s data … good data that shows we’re going in the direction we want to be going.”

Modeling his presentation on a David Letterman Show countdown, Aytes’ No. 10 noted the district’s ACT Composite Scores had risen gradually from a 20 ACT score in 2011, a 20.4 in 2012 and 20.9 in 2013.

Coming in at No. 9, his Power Point slide showed that 91 percent of kindergarteners at Dear Elementary tested at or above grade level on an assessment called the Developmental Reading Assessment. Eighty-one percent of first-graders at Dear achievement the same test result, Aytes said.

No. 8 revealed that Richmond middle school students had improved from 2011 to 2013 in the percentage rated as either proficient or advanced in English/Language Arts MAP Testing. In 2011, 40.9 percent of RMS students tested ranked either proficient or advanced. The figure improved to 43.9 percent in 2012 and 46.5 percent in 2013.

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