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July 29, 2002

Students in Brandywine district schools improved their average scores by up to nearly 12 points over last year in 10 out of 12 categories in state student assessment testing this spring. Middle- and high school writing were the categories in which the district posted lower results.

Districtwide, the percentages of students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and mathematics increased at all grade levels. When it came to writing, however, the percentage went up only at the elementary level. In all categories at all levels, the proportions meeting or exceeding the standards in Brandywine were higher than for the state as a whole.

Brandywine and Concord High again ranked among the top 10 high schools in the state in all three subjects tested. The district's 'academically gifted' class topped their intermediate- and elementary-level peers in all schools in all three subjects. Hanby had the second highest average score in math among the state's middle schools and Springer was fourth.

Although 'gifted' students were grouped separately from the rest of the student body in rults reported by the state

Department of Education, Claymont Intermediate showed a year-to-year gain in its average reading score. A DelDOE spokesman said the separate reporting was at the request of the Brandywine district, the only one in the state that has a self-contained program for those students.

Brandywine posted the highest average writing scores among the 15 districts with elementary and intermediate schools. It had the third highest reading scores at those levels and the third highest math score at the intermediate level.

Among the 16 districts

HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS

Top 10 among public high schools in the three Rs. (Last year's ranking is in parentheses)
READING 'RITING 'RITHMETIC
  1. Wilmington Charter (1)
  2. Cab Calloway (10)
  3. Caesar Rodney (6)
  4. Sussex Vo-Tech (4)
  5. Delmar (-)
  6. Cape Henlopen (3)
  7  Milford (8)
  8. Polytech (-)
  9. Brandywine (7)
10. Concord (5)
  1. Wilmington Charter (1)
  2. Cab Calloway (-)
  3. Polytech (-)
  4. Middletown (4)
  5. Brandywine (-)
  6. Concord (2)
  7. Delmar (3)
  8. Hodgson (6)
  9. Caesar Rodney (-)
10. Dover (-)
  1. Wilmington Charter (1)
  2. Caesar Rodney (6)
  3. Brandywine (3)
  4. Middletown (2)
  5. Indian River (-)
  6. Hodgson (-)
  7. Cape Henlopen (5)
  8. Concord (4)
  9. Lake Forest (7)
10. Cab Calloway (-)
In last year's top 10:
Middletown (2), Indian River (9)
In last year's top 10:
Sussex Vo-Tech (5), Cape Henlopen (7), Indian River (8), Howard (9), Lake Fort (10)
In last year's top 10:
Mount Pleasant (8), Milford (9), Sussex Vo-Tech (10)
SOURCE: Delaforum calculations based on DelDOE data.

with middle schools, Brandywine ranked second in math and it was third among the 19 districts with high schools.

The tests were administered to children in the third, fifth, eighth and 10th grades.

DelDOE and the education establishment in general strictly avoids using test scores to compare performances of districts or schools although the testing program was established five years ago concurrently with the movement to encourage greater competition among public schools by allowing students and their parents to choose schools and authorizing  charter schools.

The state agency provided Delaforum and other media which requested it revised data from 2001 to permit accurate year-to-year comparisons. The revision incorporated the performance of special-education students, whose results had been tabulated but excluded from information made public last year.

Data released by the state to the general public covers the district and school levels. School administrations have received rults by individual class and teachers and parents have been given information concerning their individual students.

Following is Delaforum's analysis of tt results for Brandywine district schools:

READING:

             
    Scores*   Meeting or exceeding state standards*  
School Grade 2002 2001 Change* 2002 2001 change*
District 3 447.29 442.27 5.02 82.8 78.7 4.1
Brandywood 3 439.21 452.29 (13.08) 80.0 87.5 (7.5)
Carrcroft 3 457.77 447.02 10.75 93.3 85.8 7.5
Darley Rd 3 425.69 418.89 6.80 69.3 55.5 13.8
Forwood 3 455.11 441.87 13.24 84.2 83.0 1.2
Lancashire 3 442.01 443.07 (1.06) 78.2 78.1 0.1
Lombardy 3 460.85 451.17 9.68 95.0 90.0 5.0
Maple Lane 3 429.36 426.96 2.40 72.8 69.2 3.6
Mt. Pleasant Elem. 3 428.94 448.07 (19.13) 71.6 77.3 (5.7)
Mt. Pleasant Gifted 3 492.44   100.0
District 5 488.34 476.67 11.67 84.8 71.9 12.9
Claymont 5 483.90 483.17 0.73 87.1 75.3 11.8
Claymont Gifted 5 537.56   100.0
duPont (P. S.) 5 485.03 478.49 6.54 84.3 74.1 10.2
Harlan 5 474.68 462.27 12.41 75.3 61.9 13.4
District 8 525.47 515.20 10.27 74.6 68.1 6.5
Hanby 8 532.68 521.83 10.85 81.7 76.2 5.5
Springer 8 530.16 515.53 14.63 77.1 66.7 10.4
Talley 8 512.46 507.27 5.19 64.2 60.2 4.0
District 10 515.64 513.50 2.14 66.1 62.5 3.6
Brandywine 10 518.37 515.30 3.07 69.7 65.8 3.9
Concord 10 518.24 519.30 (1.06) 66.8 68.7 (1.9)
Mt Pleasant High 10 507.70 504.96 2.74 58.8 52.0 6.8
 
 

MATHEMATICS:

             
    Scores*   Meeting or exceeding state standards*  
School Grade 2002 2001 Change* 2002 2001 change*
District 3 438.87 432.45 6.42 74.8 70.7 4.1
Brandywood 3 439.21 437.97 1.24 80.0 90.9 (10.9)
Carrcroft 3 457.77 443.12 14.65 93.3 63.7 29.6
Darley Rd 3 425.69 395.44 30.25 69.3 43.9 25.4
Forwood 3 455.11 432.64 22.47 84.2 89.1 (4.9)
Lancashire 3 434.95 437.23 (2.28) 75.6 83.7 (8.1)
Lombardy 3 450.81 443.08 7.73 88.1 66.8 21.3
Maple Lane 3 417.52 423.81 (6.29) 57.3 76.4 (19.1)
Mt. Pleasant Elem. 3 422.19 439.42 (17.23) 67.0 45.7 21.3
Mt. Pleasant Gifted 3 506.31   100.0
District 5 473.03 463.57 9.46 72.9 66.0 6.9
Claymont 5 463.51 476.18 (12.67) 68.2 55.6 12.6
Claymont Gifted 5 532.53   100.0
duPont (P. S.) 5 468.40 459.70 8.70 73.0 55.6 17.4
Harlan 5 463.30 448.66 14.64 64.8 56.2 8.6
District 8 511.90 500.69 11.21 63.7 57.9 5.8
Hanby 8 525.29 511.56 13.73 74.5 63.7 10.8
Springer 8 521.33 505.61 15.72 71.3 53.2 18.1
Talley 8 487.58 483.17 4.41 44.0 40.0 4.0
District 10 525.97 522.26 3.71 47.8 42.8 5.0
Brandywine 10 533.62 525.56 8.06 55.4 44.1 11.3
Concord 10 524.77 527.36 (2.59) 47.3 48.8 (1.5)
Mt Pleasant High 10 514.88 512.73 2.15 35.7 26.8 8.9
 
 

WRITING:

             
    Scores*   Meeting or exceeding state standards*  
School Grade 2002 2001 Change 2002 2001 change*
District 3 6.76 6.32 0.44 56.7 48.7 8.0
Brandywood 3 6.87 6.95 (0.08) 65.9 66.3 (0.4)
Carrcroft 3 7.37 6.66 0.71 71.1 53.8 17.3
Darley Rd 3 5.55 4.71 0.84 30.0 15.6 14.4
Forwood 3 7.13 6.11 1.02 62.4 38.3 24.1
Lancashire 3 6.36 6.50 (0.14) 48.0 55.8 (7.8)
Lombardy 3 7.06 6.48 0.58 63.4 47.3 16.1
Maple Lane 3 6.29 6.56 (0.27) 42.7 53.6 (10.9)
Mt. Pleasant Elem. 3 6.09 6.43 (0.34) 44.0 54.0 (10.0)
Mt. Pleasant Gifted 3 8.33 85.2
District 5 7.84 7.83 0.01 62.8 54.1 (1.3)
Claymont 5 7.60 8.16 (0.56) 58.7 71.0 (12.3)
Claymont Gifted 5 9.46 97.6
duPont (P. S.) 5 7.83 7.77 0.06 64.8 65.9 (1.1)
Harlan 5 7.35 7.37 (0.02) 46.6 49.7 (3.1)
District 8 8.12 8.27 (0.15) 72.0 75.2 (3.2)
Hanby 8 8.53 8.90 (0.37) 80.8 84.9 (4.1)
Springer 8 8.30 7.97 0.33 77.0 71.9 5.1
Talley 8 7.47 7.85 (0.38) 57.3 67.6 (10.3)
District 10 7.45 7.56 (0.11) 54.4 61.1 (6.7)
Brandywine 10 7.61 7.44 0.17 60.0 61.0 (1.0)
Concord 10 7.61 8.18 (0.57) 59.2 71.2 (12.0)
Mt Pleasant High 10 6.98 7.03 (0.05) 39.0 50.2 (11.2)

* Scores are in points (reading and mathematics range is 150 to 800; writing range is 1 to 15;
meeting standards are percents, change is in percentage points.

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