More than 68-percent of sixth graders at the John P. Holland Charter School have either met or exceeded expectations in the English section of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams placing them ahead of the state’s average score for sixth graders, announced the school on Wednesday afternoon.
Sixth graders improved their scores by 41.4-percent from last year gaining a score of 68.4-percent in language arts and literacy, according to the school. District’s average for sixth grade students is 27.4-percent and state’s average is 52.3-percent in English.
The same students did well in mathematics as well securing a 47.4-percent meeting and exceeding expectations. The district’s average is 19-percent, state’s average is 43-percent.
School principal Christina Scano was pleased with the scores and said individual student attention and parent involvement played a key role in the markedly improved scores.
“Our educational model focuses on working with students individually and with their families to build a framework that gives students the confidence to exceed,” she said.
Third graders had a 54.5-percent proficiency in math beating district and state averages.
Fourth graders secured a 60.9-percent proficiency rates in both English and mathematics.
Fifth graders had a 14.3-percent proficiency in math and 23.8-percent in English.
Seventh and eighth grade students had a 57.9 and 57.1-percent proficiency in English out performing state and district averages.
The school’s overall PARCC scores for grades 3-8 in math is 40.5-percent and 50.8-percent in English.
There are five district schools that have scored above those numbers. Leading the pack is the city’s Gifted and Talented Academy at School 28 with 97-percent of students meeting and exceeding expectations in both English and math, according to scores made public on Wednesday night.
Founded in 2011, the John P. Holland Charter School serves students in kindergarten through eighth grades out of its facility on Oliver Street.