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A Message from our Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have received the individual reports for the students who took the AIMS and Stanford 10 in spring 2014. Each student who took the test has received a report. We will mail all reports home by Friday, June 13. Please remember, if your mail is returned to us this summer, we will require you to go to NUSD registration office to verify and update your address before your child receives his/her teacher assignment next year. 

The following is an explanation of the AIMS report for third through fifth grade students.

  • There are four performance levels: Exceeds, Meets, Approaches, and Falls Far Below.  Look at the bar graph to see how your child performed on the test.  A score that falls within the “Meets the Standard” range or within the “Exceeds the Standard” range is a passing score.  
     
  • On page two of the student report, you can see more detailed information about how well your child performed within the tested content area.  
     
  • Also on page two, you will see the Stanford 10 Norm-References Test (NRT) results. The Stanford 10 questions are embedded in the AIMS test. The NRT results indicate a stanine score, which puts students into groups of performance. A stanine score of 1, 2 or 3 indicates below average performance. A stanine score of 4, 5 or 6 indicates average performance. A stanine score of 7, 8 or 9 indicates above average performance. The percentile rank (PR) is also indicated and compares your child’s performance to students in the same grade across the nation. For example, a PR of 65-3 means that your child scored higher than 65% of the students in the same grade who also took the same test, and is in the third stanine, in the average range.
     
  • Please note, if your child Falls Far Below (FFB) or was in the lowest quartile in the Approaching range in Reading, he/she will be placed in Mr. Thompson’s intervention class and will be exempt from elective specials until their scores meet grade level standards as determined by the quarterly Galileo Assessment. 

The following is an explanation of the Stanford 10 report for second grade students. This report shows your child’s results on the Stanford 10 for each tested area: reading comprehension, language, and math problem solving.  

  • The data most frequently used in schools are the Percentile Rank and Stanine. The column labeled National PR-S shows the Percentile Rank and Stanine.  
     
  • The percentile rank compares your child’s performance to students in the same grade across the nation. 
     
  • The stanine score puts students into groups of performance. A stanine score of 1, 2 or 3 indicates below average performance. A stanine score of 4, 5 or 6 indicates average performance. A stanine sore of 7, 8 or 9 indicates above average performance.
     
  • For example, a PR of 65-3 means that your child scored higher than 65% of the students in the same grade who also took the same test, and is in the third stanine, in the average range.
     
  • The other data provided on the form are used in higher-level statistical analyses. If you would like more explanation on these, please contact the school. The back of the report also provides explanation of the data. 

Please note, if your child’s score is within the lowest quartile of student performance at AJM, he/she will be placed in Mr. Thompson’s intervention class and will be exempt from elective specials until his/her scores meet grade level standards as determined by the quarterly Galileo Assessment. 

If you would like more explanation on these assessment results, please contact the school. Our school report card and data will be public information in August.

Sincerely,

Molly Alcaraz

Dr. Molly Cassidy
Principal
Nogales Unified School District #1


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