Fall 2021 Academic Report Card

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FALL 2021 REPORT

ACADEMIC

CARD

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Studio HEAD OF SCHOOL Dr. Scott Wells

Dear LCA Family and Friends, Greetings from our LCA Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team. We are honored to share with you our 2020-21 Academic Report Card that highlights our academic successes from the prior school year. Despite having to overcome the many obstacles of COVID, our faculty and staff were extremely successful in maintaining instructional momentum and in providing high quality teaching, whether in person or virtually through our SOI or synchronous opt-in model. The past 18 months have been a challenging time for all educators, but our LCA faculty and staff were tenacious, flexible, and dedicated to providing personalized instruction for all of our students. We also want to offer a special note of congratulations to the Class of 2021. Admittedly, parts of the 2020-21 school year were not what anyone expected, but the Class of 2021 finished strong and participated in a meaningful graduation ceremony in May. Class of 2021, thanks for your resilience and adaptability and for continuing to serve the Kingdom in your respective post-secondary endeavors.

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At LCA, we are called to equip and nurture our students to fulfill God’s calling on their lives through Christ-centered education. As you will see in our Academic Report Card, with God’s help we were successful in fulfilling our mission in the 2020-21 school year. With the Lord’s continued guidance and with the prayers of those who love and support our school, may we continue to fulfill our mission now and in the future. Blessings to you and your families! Thank you, in advance, for your continued support this year and beyond. In Him,

Scott Dr. Scott Wells, Head of School


2020-21 ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS (MAP) (GRADES K-8)

For 2020-21, Lexington Christian Academy (LCA) administered the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for grades kindergarten through eighth. These assessments provided essential information about our students’ learning and growth trajectory. As a reminder, the MAP testing is not timed, and questions are adjusted to each student’s response. MAP is a good indicator of student progress because it measures a student’s academic growth from year to year. It also provides information on what a student is ready to learn next. This gives teachers the tools and insight they need to provide differentiation for their students. MAP uses data from more than 10.2 million students, which allows us to compare our students to national norms. For the 2020-21 school year, the MAP assessment was administered three times (Fall/Winter/Spring). 2020-21 Elementary MAP Scores MAP Growth uses the RIT scale to help measure and compare academic growth. Specifically, the scale measures levels in academic difficulty. The RIT score represents the level where students are ready to learn. Below you will find the LCA K-5th grade mean RIT scores for the Fall, Winter and Spring assessments, along with a comparison to the National Mean RIT. We are pleased that our students consistently score above the National Mean RIT in both reading and math.

KINDERGARTEN Category

LCA Mean RIT Average

National Mean RIT Average

Math

172

155

Reading

165

151

(Winter, Spring)

(Winter, Spring)

*Kindergarten does not test in the fall.

FIRST GRADE Category

LCA Mean RIT Average

National Mean RIT Average

Math

177

169

Reading

173

164

(Fall, Winter, Spring)

(Fall, Winter, Spring)

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RIT Definition RIT stands for Rasch UnIT and is a measuremen t scale developed to simplify the interpretation of te st scores. A RIT score is an estim ation of a student's instru ctional level and also measu res student progress or growth in school.


SECOND GRADE Category

LCA Mean RIT Average

National Mean RIT Average

Math

189

183

Reading

191

179

(Fall, Winter, Spring)

(Fall, Winter, Spring)

THIRD GRADE Category

LCA Mean RIT Average

National Mean RIT Average

Math

199

195

Reading

201

192

(Fall, Winter, Spring)

(Fall, Winter, Spring)

LEANNA HENSLEY ELEMENTARY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR "The 2020-21 school year continued to bring new challenges to our students, teachers, and families. By administering MAP multiple times throughout the year and utilizing its data, our teachers were able to pinpoint both strengths and areas of growth. This allowed our teachers to make informed curriculum decisions and to use instructional time in a manner that was most beneficial to each student."

FOURTH GRADE Category

LCA Mean RIT Average

National Mean RIT Average

Math

210

205

Reading

213

201

(Fall, Winter, Spring)

(Fall, Winter, Spring)

FIFTH GRADE Category

LCA Mean RIT Average

National Mean RIT Average

Math

221

214

Reading

217

208

(Fall, Winter, Spring)

(Fall, Winter, Spring)

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2020-21 6TH-8TH MAP SCORES COLEMAN MARSHALL JUNIOR HIGH PRINCIPAL "MAP uses a RIT score, which is an estimation of a student’s instructional level, and also measures student progress and growth in school. Last year was by far one of the most unique and challenging years that we faced in education. With that said, I am proud of how our teachers, staff, and students persevered through last year. Standardized test scores are a singular data point and a single piece of the puzzle, but it is great to see our students continue to succeed in this area. Through the twists and turns of in-person instruction paired with online instruction, our students did well on their MAP assessments. Every grade level scored above the national average, and all the grade level RIT scores show students on average are working above grade level."

SIXTH GRADE Category

LCA Mean RIT Average (Fall and Spring)

National Mean RIT Average (Fall and Spring)

Language 220.1 Usage

211.75

212.7 KINDERGARTEN

Reading

223.5

Math

225.6

218.9

SEVENTH GRADE Category

LCA Mean RIT Average (Fall and Spring)

National Mean RIT Average (Fall and Spring)

Language 223.6 Usage

214.6

Reading

227.3

216.3

Math

230.7

223.5

EIGHTH GRADE Category

LCA Mean RIT Average (Fall and Spring)

National Mean RIT Average (Fall and Spring)

Language 225.4 Usage

217.1

Reading

228.6

219.9

Math

234.4

227.6

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2020-21 HIGH SCHOOL REPORT ACADEMIC PROGRAM (GRADES 9-12)

As students transition to high school, their academic programs and paths may vary considerably. Students have the ability to select different electives as well as courses at different levels of challenge (regular, college prep, Honors, or Advanced Placement.) Academic achievement at the high school is evaluated by means of various nationally standardized tests. This includes the American College Test (ACT) and the Advanced Placement (AP) exam. The ACT measures students’ skills in English, reading, mathematics, and science reasoning. Students are scored on each subtest; scores range from one (1) to thirty-six (36.) An average is then taken to arrive at a composite score. Although sophomores can take the ACT, it is typically taken by juniors and seniors. Our students continue to perform above both state and national averages despite there being fewer test opportunities due to COVID. Test optional policies were gaining traction even before the COVID pandemic, and several colleges and universities adopted short-term policies. Many of these test optional policies were extended for the Class of 2021 and continue to be in place for the Class of 2022.

HEATHER RILEY HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE COUNSELOR “Students take part in multiple practice exams during their freshmen and sophomore years of high school in preparation for taking standardized tests for college applications as upper-class students. LCA teachers do a fantastic job of preparing our students for the college placement exams, which is reflected in their accomplishments each academic year. Some of our math teachers are beginning to use retired test material in class as additional practice. LCA students work hard to maintain their grades in the classroom, perform well on tests, like the ACT, earn admittance to top tier higher education institutions, increase their merit scholarships, and stand out amongst their peers in the city of Lexington and state of Kentucky.”

2022 GOVERNOR'S SCHOLARS CLASS OF 2022 GOVERNOR'S SCHOLAR PROGRAM

Tia Alchureiqi Logan Beck Milo Golding Jack Roth Hadley Whipple

CLASS OF 2022 GOVERNOR'S SCHOLAR FOR THE ARTS

Josie Jaeger

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2020-21 ACT AVERAGE SCORES National - 20.7 Kentucky - 20.2

LCA - 22.9

CLASS OF 2022 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLAR'S PROGRAM National Semi-Finalists Tia Alchureiqi Logan Beck


ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES LCA currently offers 18 AP courses. At the conclusion of each school year, students have the opportunity to sit for AP exams. Scored on a scale of 1 to 5, students who achieve a qualifying score (3 or higher) are eligible for college credit or advanced placement at more than 90% of American colleges and universities.

Individual Subject Pass Rates

2021 Advanced Placement Results 304 AP Exams Taken 41 Total AP Scholars (Avg. 3.48) 19 AP Scholars (Avg. 2.77) 13 AP Scholars with Honors (Avg. 3.55) 9 AP Scholars with Distinctions (Avg. 4.14) 62.59% of students scored a 3 or higher (87 out of 139) 29% of all students earned AP Scholar Honors (41 out of 139) 60% of seniors taking AP exams were designated as AP Scholars (26 out of 43) 58% pass rate on all AP exams (179 out of 303 total exams)

12% of Test-Takers Earned a 5 (highest possible score) in the following subject areas: Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Chemistry English Language English Literature Macro Economics Micro Economics Psychology U.S. History

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Biology: 70% Calculus AB: 38.9% Calculus BC: 80% Chemistry: 33.3% Computer Science: 20% English Language: 73.1% English Literature: 90.5% Macro Economics: 81.8% Micro Economics: 86.4% Music Theory: 50% Physics C: 33.3% Psychology: 68.8% Statistics: 13.3% U.S. History: 38.6% World History: 65.5%

JOSHUA PALMER HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE COUNSELOR “LCA consistently offers a wide range of Advanced Placement (AP) Courses on a yearly basis. Our students routinely meet the challenge presented by AP Courses and demonstrate mastery of the subject as seen in our AP Exam Pass Rates. This success translates to college credit that our students earn while still in high school and it enables them to take advantage of the many opportunities available at whichever college or university they choose to attend.”


Class of 2021

The class of 2021 graduated 97 students. In LCA’s 32-year history, 2,324 students have graduated from the school. The members of the Class of 2021 were accepted in 97 different colleges and universities with 33% of the class receiving a scholarship. Additional facts about the Class of 2021 can be found in the infographic below.

DR. CASSONDRA KOETT HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL “Lexington Christian Academy has a long and storied tradition of offering an academic curriculum that is wide-ranging, challenging, and at the end of the students’ journey with us, incredibly rewarding. LCA thoughtfully considers the wants and needs of its families and prepares students at an unparalleled level for achievement on standardized testing such as ACT, PSAT, SAT, as well as taking AP and college-based dual credit courses. LCA students regularly score at or near the top of all Kentucky pupils, those in both private and public academic settings, taking these exams and courses. Several LCA graduates enter college having earned enough AP credits to classify them as sophomores before they even begin their postsecondary education years. Finally, LCA students are well-rounded, combining a robust academic course-load with top-tier extracurricular activities in fine arts, leadership clubs, and athletics. Our students leave LCA prepared for the complexities of the next chapter in their lives and with the potential to achieve excellence in their pursuits while leaving an indelible impact on our world.”

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2020-21 CURRICULUM REVIEW LISA BACON DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

Our comprehensive cycle of curriculum review is guided by the belief that the process will be faculty led, evidence informed, focused on improving student learning, encompass a program level perspective, and be an on-going effort to continuously improve the academic programs of LCA. This process is an essential component of the advancement of student learning. Through the process of curriculum review, LCA strives to provide an academic program that supports the vision of preparing all students to be successful, continuous learners who view all content through the truth of scripture. We have a 5-year rotation cycle for each area of academic concentration. This year we are continuing our review of World Languages and Bible for implementation in the 2021-2022 school year. We will begin the process of reviewing History (Social Sciences,) Geography, and English (Language Arts and Reading) in January 2021 for implementation in the 2022-2023 school year. Each curriculum review allows LCA teachers and administrators to assess current content and resources and then identify how we can strengthen the program(s) under review. With this in mind, students, parents, and teachers can expect: An articulation of the strengths of the program, · Specific actions to be identified to address gaps within the academic program, An improvement in teaching and learning practices, Critical reflection on the program’s curriculum, and Evidence to drive decision making within the program. Curriculum Guide and High School Course Guide LCA’s Curriculum Guide is a valuable resource for our students and families. It provides an overview of each content area and highlights each specific course description. It also demonstrates the sequence of courses and the academic progression that is instrumental in student success. The High School Course Guide, while providing the same overview of each content area as the Curriculum Guide, also highlights graduation requirements and college pathways, NCAA and NAIA eligibility requirements, Work Release, and schedule change requests and process. Both documents are can be found on the LCA website. For more information, please contact your student’s campus office.

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102 TOTAL

FACULTY

2

PhD

15 YEARS

35

Bachelor's

65

Master's

Average Years of

Experience Overall as well as at LCA

13 YEARS

Average

Tenure at LCA