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Centennial School District an Outlier in National Study


Did you know that this past year a  NY Times article, ‘How Effective Is Your School District?  A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most,’ details a  study by Stanford University, which has created buzz in the Centennial community based upon the district yielding a national ranking in the 99th percentile for student growth.

The study tracked cohort groups, from 3rd to 8th grade, during the academic years of 2008-09 to 2014-15 in state assessments for English/Language Arts and Math from state assessments across all states.

Those who have read the study have naturally asked, ‘What does this study mean for Centennial?’  While that answer is not simple, the study’s lead researcher provided some insight, stating, “Third grade average test scores can be thought of as measures of the average extent of educational opportunities available to students in a community prior to age 9.  Growth rates in average scores from grade 3 to 8 can be thought of as reflecting educational opportunities available to children in a school district between the ages of 9 and 14.”

While interpretations of any data set vary, it’s clear that Centennial students included in the study experienced a growth rate exceeding national peers.  This is something certainly deserving of some Centennial pride!