HCA Achievement Test Results Far Exceed National Norm
HCA students in K5-11th grades were tested for the Stanford Achievement at the end of March, and the results were again outstanding! Headmaster Ken Lopez shares that reports indicate the school far exceeds national standards in all areas of testing, including math, science, social studies, reading, language, and spelling. (See special shout out to K5, 4th, and 8th grades below!)
This standardized test is important for several reasons. It allows HCA students to be compared and evaluated according to national norms. It is required in the accreditation process for HCA, and it can also give insight into areas of strength and opportunities for improvement within the HCA educational process. The testing program is only one tool for evaluation, but it is an important reflection of what is being accomplished in the school. It is important to note that the FSA is only administered to public school students and is not allowed to be used in a private or Christian schools.
There are three basic types of scores used for comparison when test results are provided. The Stanine is a number from 1 to 9 that indicates below average (1, 2 & 3), the average range of (4, 5 & 6), and (7, 8 or 9) that reflects above average. Obviously, a 5 is average. The Percentile shows how a student or group relates to others who are tested by showing a range from 1 to 99. For example, a 78 percentile indicates that the student achieved a score better than 78% and a score less than 22% of all those tested. Finally, Grade Equivalent scores are calculated by giving the tests to students in other grade levels and comparing the results to those tested in grade level.
HCA results indicate that the school far exceeds national standards in all three of these areas. The average Stanine score is above a “6.” The average percentile is 71% when all sub tests for the entire school are totaled. Grade equivalency scores indicate that as a school classes are over a year and half ahead of national norms.
The K5 classes scored an amazing 85% as a total percentile average. The 4th grade led the elementary, with a plus 20 months average for all sub tests; the 8th graders scored above the 12th grade level average for the entire test. All grades eighth through high school scored above the 12th grade level in math. The two strongest areas for the school were math and language/English which are foundational for future academic success.
The HCA Administration congratulates the students and their parents for these outstanding results and for the work accomplished this past school year. Parents are encouraged to review the Student Report available for each child (issued at the end of the school year) and to contact Mrs. Utz, Mr. Smith, or Mr. Lopez with questions. Parents may also review a particular grade level or entire school results if interested.