NCSD math scores see ‘huge’ 10th grade jump

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County School District’s 10th grade math scores on the 2018 Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) saw significant increase compared with a year ago.

“We had huge growth at 10th grade,” Associate Superintendent Walt Wilcox said during a Monday, Sept. 9 NCSD Academic Steering Committee meeting.

The following chart shows the percentage of students across the district who achieved proficient scores on last school year’s WY-TOPP and how this compares with 2017-2018:

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While the percentage of 10th graders achieving proficiency was slightly behind the state-wide proficiency level, the 6.81% growth from the year prior was more than 4% greater than Wyoming’s growth rate.

The sixth grade scores, however, show an increase in the achievement gap with the rest of the state.

The following chart looks at how NCSD students fared in comparison with all of Wyoming:

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The committee also looked at how cohorts of students did on WY-TOPP math as they moved from one grade to the next.

In 10th grade last year, for example, 4.5% more students achieved proficiency on the WY-TOPP than they did in 9th grade.

The classes of 2021, 2023 and 2026 all gained in proficiency, but at a slower rate than the rest of the state.

The class of 2022 saw a decreased proficiency rate of about 4.3%. However, this was a significantly lower drop than the statewide decrease in proficiency of 11.2% for this cohort.

The following chart shows how each cohort fared when compared with the prior year and compared with statewide scores:

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