Baldwin County Schools, Alabama, saw overall academic gains in nearly every school in the county. This innovative district raised its average scores on their state report card, supported by a four-part plan, curriculum leaders, and Scantron Analytics. This combination of efforts raised their average score from 82 to 85—with no schools in the D or F range.
Part of what makes this achievement significant is that Baldwin County is one of the largest and most diverse districts in the state. Their success rests on hard work, dedication, and access to the data they need to support their students’ growth.
Alabama chose Scantron’s Performance Series as its state-wide interim summative assessment and many districts also use Performance Series as a growth measure throughout the school year. This computer-adaptive exam is tightly connected to Alabama’s education standards, and expands educator’s options to measure students growth beyond a single summative test.
Dr. Joyce Woodburn, Baldwin County Academic Dean explains, “The thing that we in Baldwin County love about the Scantron Performance Series is that it is a formative measure. We give it three times a year. We give it right after Labor Day for a baseline score. We give it again in February to see how kids are improving. And then the summative piece is in April. So it gives us opportunity to check along the way.”
Baldwin County’s educators can see test results in context with other student, school, and district data points, including Performance Series, using Scantron Analytics. Notes Eddie Tyler, District Superintendent, “[Our educators] can drill down to neighborhoods to see what’s going on. Are several students experiencing the same failures, the same problems?” Woodburn agrees, “Using our data cruncher, Scantron Analytics, we can dive into the standards that the kids are not mastering and we can remediate immediately so that kids can continue to grow.”
Watch highlights from their press conference and see what else Dr. Woodburn has to say about how Scantron solutions helped.