Study: Quest ‘significantly outperforming’ Murray Park

According to proficiency data collected by the Ripon Area School District, students enrolled in Quest Charter School could be significantly outperforming their peers at Murray Park School, even when controlled for economic disadvantages.

Chrissy Damm, director of curriculum and instruction for the district, presented the data at last Wednesday’s meeting for the Charter School Enrollment Task Force.

“The rate of performance between students who are economically disadvantaged in Quest is nearly the same as those students who are not in both ELA [English, reading, writing and listening] and math,” Damm said, reading from the report.

“This same pattern is not evidenced in Murray Park,” the report concludes.

Data from the 2014-15 Badger Exam, an assessment based on Common Core state standards, shows Quest students who were economically disadvantaged were nearly as proficient as those who were not, both in ELA (84.9-percent vs. 86.0-percent proficient) and math (78.8 percent vs. 85.1 percent).

In contrast, Murray Park students with an economic disadvantage lagged behind their peers who did not (41.6 percent vs. 53.7 percent proficient in ELA, 31.5 percent vs. 45.5 percent in math). Both Murray Park subgroups were overwhelmingly outperformed in ELA and math proficiency by Quest students of either subgroup.

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