No Learning Loss at RCS
As students across the United States return to their classrooms, discussions are centered around whether or not learning was hampered, and, if so, how much?
The 2022 September Standardized testing affirmed that Redwood Christian Schools students in grades K-11 remain academically ahead of national averages with 70% of their students scoring above their grade level in math and reading.
Nationwide it has been reported that many schools saw a decrease in students’ standardized test scores due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, although RCS students’ scores remained consistent with their pre-pandemic academic performance. RCS uses the NWEA MAP Growth assessment as the schools’ standardized assessment for grades K-11. NWEA stands for Northwest Evaluation Association. NWEA is a nonprofit organization that has assessed more than 4.5 million students in 49 foreign countries, 50 states, and 3400 districts. This assessment allows teachers to create a comprehensive and balanced assessment plan to provide personalized learning opportunities for all students. Students can take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) up to three times a year (fall, winter, and spring), and after each assessment, the RCS faculty work through their student’s scores and create action plans for future instruction.
From 100% digital teaching in the spring and fall of 2020 to hybrid teaching in the winter and spring of 2021, and finally back to full class instruction for the entire 2021-2022 school year, RCS teachers went above and beyond to ensure that all of their students were able to maintain a high level of learning. They worked to implement personalized learning, allowing each student to progress at their level and ability. Students rose to the challenge of learning in these different environments, learning grade-level skills and content, never giving up, and always pressing forward. In addition, parents provided a loving and supportive home environment and maintained their ongoing partnership with teachers to ensure their child’s success.
Superintendent Dr. Al Hearne credits the teachers, students, and parents for this academic success. He stated, “Although the COVID-19 pandemic was a difficult time for everyone, especially the children, RCS teachers, students, and parents maintained their high commitment to student learning, and the results confirm their commitment to each child. We anticipate another strong year academically, socially and spiritually for our students.”
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