Imageby Brandon Elwood                                                                               Guadalupe Community School Director

Guadalupe expects 2013-14 to be another banner year as it continues it’s ascent to a 90/90/90 school. As a 90/90/90 school, Guadalupe aims to be one in which more than 90 percent of students are low income, more than 90 percent are minority students, and more than 90 percent of students meet high academic standards on state assessments.   Recently, the Utah State Office of Education released a report to charter schools detailing performance during the 2012-2013 school year. As a public charter school, Guadalupe School received this report and noted a number of significant gains. The report compared Guadalupe with the Salt Lake School District (SLCSD), which shares the same geographical boundaries.

Image Guadalupe shined in a number of categories, including overall growth and mathematics proficiency. However, the gains in literacy were the most jaw dropping. Guadalupe truly beat the odds in literacy, as demonstrated by data collected among the 1st – 3rd graders in the DIBELS literacy assessment. Guadalupe began the year with 53 percent of students meeting benchmark in literacy compared to 67 percent for SLCSD.  After a year of rigorous literacy intervention, Guadalupe finished the year tied with SLCSD at 71 percent. As a school, Guadalupe outperformed the district due to the fact that they started well behind and ended up finishing at the same place. This is even more significant when you consider the following numbers:

Low Income Students: Guadalupe – 100%, SLCSD – 64%

English Language Learners: Guadalupe – 67%, SLCSD – 26%

Ethnic Minority: Guadalupe – 96%, SLCSD – 58%

Congrats to Guadalupe School for all their hard work! Read more about 90-90-90 Schools here.