Creative City students score higher than district averages on Math and ELA assessments at the beginning of their 6th Grade year
[January 23, 2022] - This year, Creative City Public Charter School (a K-5 school) conducted an analysis of Beginning-of-Year (BOY) Grade 6 iReady diagnostic scores from former Creative City 5th graders. Three years of Math and ELA data were reviewed. This measure was selected because the September diagnostic captures what students learned in 5th Grade. It also allows comparison with grade-level peers who had attended other elementary schools. In each year reviewed, students from Creative City scored higher than district averages.
Because of COVID-19 interruptions to in-person schooling, there is no standardized testing (PARCC / MCAP) data beyond the 2018-19 school year. This analysis was completed to review student academic success during that time. Third grade is the youngest grade tested in MCAP. Therefore, our youngest test-takers from 18-19 are now in 6th Grade, with no standardized data beyond their 3rd Grade year.
The findings are clear. Comparing Mean Scale Score from the Beginning-of-Year (Window 1) iReady diagnostic in Math and ELA from each of the last three years, we see that Creative City students who are entering 6thGrade and who completed iReady have a mastery of both ELA and Math content that is greater than their grade-level peers across the district. (See Figure 1.) In addition, the degree to which Creative City students exceeded district averages has increased each year for the three years under study, showing that steady improvements to Creative City's instruction of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders continue to improve student outcomes.
We also had the opportunity to follow a subset from the above group. Eight (8) Creative City students took the Grade 3 MCAP test at Creative City in Spring, 2019, and then took the Grade 6 Beginning-of-Year iReady diagnostic at Baltimore Design School in Fall, 2021. We had access to student-level data from each of these tests. This subset of students performed well below their district peers in both Math and ELA on their Grade 3 MCAP, but exceeded the district averages on their Grade 6 iReady in both domains. (See Figures 2 & 3.)
This data, and Creative City's academic performance and improvement as a whole, should be viewed in light of the fact that as few as 5% of incoming students (versus 39% of all BCPS students) demonstrate readiness for Kindergarten, according to 2019-20 KRA scores.
Weak MCAP performance in the 2018-19 test cycle (and in years prior) prompted multiple changes to Creative City’s instructional program to improve student outcomes. These changes are now bearing fruit and include:
While MCAP and iReady are not strictly parallel assessments, this metric is the best substitute amidst a lack of other options to measure student growth and success. Both tests measure performance in ELA and Math, both tests are computer-based, and both tests are standardized and adaptive.
FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, contact Marisa Canino, Executive Director, at 443-642-3602 or MCanino@bcps.k12.md.us
 Data sources: BCPS Office of Achievement & Accountability; Baltimore Design School; PARCC records; public KRA records
 While not all middle schools use the iReady diagnostic, a majority of our 5th grade students who remained in Baltimore City schools for middle school (149 out of 175) took iReady in the first quarter of 6th Grade. (58% of these took ELA, 61% took Math)
 In SY21-22, Baltimore Design School received the largest number of 5th graders (19% of total) from Creative City. These students comprised 16% of Baltimore Design School’s 6th grade in 21-22. We were able to access student-level iReady data to support our analysis. We do not yet have student-level data for the remainder of the students in this study.
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I am also a Creative City parent and this has been a looooong 18 months for my three children (ages 6, 9, and 11). As we prepare to return to in-person learning, I know that my kids will benefit from lots of opportunities to reconnect with the school community and to ease back into the idea of in-person school. We have a busy week planned with several opportunities for you and your family!
Virtual Welcome Night! Wed, 8/25 at 5:30pm
Get the information you need to know to start the school year off strong. From drop off and pick up instructions, to COVID health & safety precautions, we want to make sure you have as much information as possible. This is a zoom event with the following log on information:https://bcps-k12-md-us.zoom.us/j/83409376822?pwd=cndEMjlCZ0I4dFowNjgwMldSaVNTQT09
Meeting ID: 834 0937 6822
Art with School Administration! Thu 8/26, 3:00 - 6:00pm
Thanks to a partnership with Parks & People Foundation and Art with a Heart, we are painting a mural on the storage container in our Outdoor Classroom! Join us for a fun school improvement activity and drop in to help paint. This is also a chance to meet & chat with school administration, ask questions, confirm class assignments, buy t-shirts, etc. Masks required! This event may be cancelled if there is poor weather
Take a Peek at Your Seat! Grades 2-5 Fri 8/27, 9:00am - 11:15am
Sign up for a slot to come meet your teacher, peek at your classroom, and mentally prepare for the school year! You will also be able to ask questions, confirm class assignments, buy t-shirts, etc. Masks required! There will also be opportunities to help paint the Outdoor Classroom mural, weather permitting.
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"Cozy Opening" Grades K & 1 Sat 8/28, noon - 2:15pm
We are taking extra care with our youngest students who may need a little extra time to ease into the school year. Sign up for a one-hour block for your Kindergartener or First Grader to get to know their classroom, meet their teacher and a small group of classmates, and get ready for Monday. We will also hold parent orientations during this time. Please stay for the full hour if at all possible - and then stay for the fun at our Back to School BBQ afterwards! Masks required!
Back to School BBQ! Everyone welcome!Sat, 8/28, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Our Back to School BBQ is always the best party in town, and this year it will be better than ever! Free food, kids activities, vendors, and a chance to get to know school staff and families. We really hope to see you there.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL -Mon 8/30, doors open at 7:45am
We really can't wait to begin the school year with you. Please come to as many of these events as make sense to your family, and let us know if we have questions - we are here to make the school year smooth and easy for your family!
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"Students in Mr. Appel and Ms. Griffin's class studied what, where, and why voting happens in a Democracy. They made a list of ways they could encourage people in Baltimore to vote. Two of these ideas were to make posters about voting and make phone calls to tell people to vote (among many, many other ideas). We recorded their short messages and made them into a "Robo-Dojo" call to put out to the entire school!"
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As their third trimester project, Mr. Appel's first grade class studied our community in southern Park Heights. They began with a field trip to the Baltimore Museum of Industry where they learned about community and studied common themes about what makes a community thrive.
The students then brainstormed locations here in southern Park Heights that are essential parts of our own community. They decided together that they would visit the Save-a-Lot grocery store, Pimlico Race Track, and the local fire station (Engine Company #29). The students worked together to develop interview questions for their visits, read books and did research in preparation of each visit, and worked together to write a summary after each visit.
The result of this work is presented here in their Creative City Kids Podcast, which was their culminating project of this long arc of classroom study. We hope you listen and enjoy!
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