Teaching Beyond Tests Equals Better Results

Given the recent decline in math and English proficiency in the state of NH, below are some key indicators from the most recent data we have:

PSAT 8/9 (Spring 2017)

  • 100% of 8th grade students reach proficiency in ERW (evidence based reading and writing) and 73% were proficient in math.
  • 91% of 9th graders were proficient in ERW, 91% in math.

This compared to statewide proficiency numbers below 60% in math and English for students below grade 11 taking the Smarter Balanced test, and then 66% proficient in ERW in grade 11 and only 49% proficient in math on the actual SAT.

When you look at apples to apples on the CollegeBoard standardized assessments, the academic achievement of high school students at MRA is remarkable. And we don't even teach to the test, although students in high school do practice problems in math to prepare them for the style of questions on the PSAT and SAT assessments.

For more information, feel free to check out all of our standardized test scores on the school website.

In short, teaching beyond the test equals better results. It is also important to note that no test determines the value or qualitative success of a child; real growth happens over time, and when goodness is pursued for its own sake.