• Unmasking LAP
    The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) provides funding for intervention services. In our district, we use this money for elementary students who need additional support in reading or math. Students receive additional instruction with a goal of accelerating their growth so they can meet grade level standards.

    How well do we meet this goal? Do students catch up with their peers and sustain their on-grade-level performance?

    About the display
    Legend for LAP Data Story During the fall of 2018, we served 400* elementary students in the area of reading. Each of these students is represented in the display by a face. The different colors of clay represent the different schools. Each color is saturated from lightest to darkest to distinguish between students who have received LAP services over one to five school years.
    The faces are grouped by grade level and arranged in the outline of a mask. Students who performed better on the winter assessments occupy a higher position on the board than students who did not perform as well. 

    All of the students represented have performance that is below grade level. They need to make more than one grade level of growth this school year to catch up to their peers. On the display, students who are on track to regain or surpass the gap in performance are projected in front of the display on a pin. Students whose growth is in danger of not being sufficient to reach grade level are attached directly to the display.
    * Data pulled on January 27, 2019
  • Ethics statement
    Data were collected by Tumwater School District staff on January 27, 2019, using Homeroom (our data warehouse). Microsoft Excel was used to calculate the amount of growth for each student between fall and winter, as well as rank students from highest-to-lowest performing based on the total number of assessment points earned on winter assessments.