USD 230 Students Show Increase in Reading Scores

USD 230 Students Show Increase in Reading Scores
Posted on 11/08/2021
Elementary Students Reading

From Spring 2019 to Spring 2021, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas State Assessment results for USD 230 in Elementary English Language Arts show an increase in student performance. The number of students performing at grade level and above (Level 2 and up) remained consistent, while the number of students performing at a level indicating college and career readiness and above (Level 3 and up) increased.*


Compared to state-wide assessment results, USD 230 students performed above the state average in English Language Arts at all grade levels tested. Additionally, from 2019 to 2021, the average of all grades compared to the state average grew from +4.3 points to +10.3 points.

Elementary ELA Percentages Graph

The school district intends to focus on continued improvement in reading through the Strategic Plan 2026. One of the areas of focus in the plan is Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), which allows time in the school day for students performing below grade level on specific skills to receive additional support. 


*The Kansas State Assessment program uses Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) to describe student performance: 


Level 1: A student at Level 1 shows a limited ability to understand and use the skills and knowledge needed for college and career readiness.

Level 2: A student at Level 2 shows a basic ability to understand and use the skills and knowledge needed for college and career readiness.

Level 3: A student at Level 3 shows an effective ability to understand and use the skills and knowledge needed for college and career readiness.

Level 4: A student at Level 4 shows an excellent ability to understand and use the skills and knowledge needed for college and career readiness.


(from Understanding Scale Scores, PLDs and Cut Scores (pdf))