This data shows that Nashville Prep continues to mainly serve scholars of color (and mostly from North Nashville), which is what we set out to do in our charter. We have a growing Latino population, which is a predicable result of outreach to new neighborhoods.
You can also see (below) that we continue to serve a primarily economically disadvantaged student body (state is 58.6% and the district is 72.4%). We serve a population of students with disabilities that is in line with the state average (13.7%) and slightly above the local average (12.0%). The per-pupil expenditure number listed below is the number for the district as a whole (but stay tuned on this blog for a detailed analysis of our expenditure % in the coming weeks).
Nashville Prep received straight A's for student growth. As previously reported, Nashville Prep's 5th grade scholars had the highest growth of all public schools in the state in science, social studies and reading. Click to enlarge the image below.
C. Gaps Closure
We don't just ask how our scholars as a whole are performing, but we also ask how different subgroups are performing. Let's start with math:
- There is no gap between scholars of color and the general NP population
- We slightly narrowed the gap between economically disadvantaged scholars and non-economically disadvantaged scholars. There is still a long way to go. Our goal is to cut this gap in half this year - from 9.1% to 4.6%.
- We knocked 6 points off of the gap between scholars with disabilities and those without disabilities; however, the gap remains large. Our goal is to knock 15 percentage points off of this gap this year.
Now, let's look at reading:
- There is almost no gap between scholars of color and the general NP population, and we narrowed that extremely small gap.
- We more than cut in half the gap between economically disadvantaged scholars and non-economically disadvantaged scholars.
- The gap for scholars with disabilities increased by 14 points. Our goal for this year is to cut this gap to 15 points.
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A detailed breakdown of Nashville Prep's achievement data is here. Our 6th grade scholars had the highest performance of any open enrollment public schools in the city in all core subjects and even outperformed Meigs and Head Magnet Schools in science. Our 6th grade scholars also outperformed neighboring Williamson County (the highest performing/most affluent district in the state) in three of four subjects. Click to enlarge the image below.
E. Attendance, Promotion and Discipline
Some key metrics:
- Nashville Prep's attendance rate (98%) exceeds the state (95.2%) and district (95.4%) attendance rates.
- Our promotion rate (91.3%) is lower than the state (98.4%) and the district (98.2%).
- Our suspension rate (13% all, 14.1% African American) is lower than the district (14.1% general, 21.5% African American) and higher than the state (7.5% general) for all students but lower for African American scholars (18.8% African American).
- Our expulsion rate (0%) is lower than the district (.9%) and state (.6%).