The trouble is, the school is only three years old and hasn’t had a chance to graduate anyone. They also have no ACT test data.
That means the school was judged solely on its Dakota STEP math and reading test proficiency. Schools perform better on the state’s high school completion metric than they do on the test proficiency, so that’s a serious disadvantage for New Tech.
The bigger problem is the spreadsheet is just wrong. It doesn’t reflect that the math and reading proficiency number was doubled to make up for the absence of HS completion and ACT data. The school’s SPI actually is 71.9, as shown here.
The district’s other high school, Joe Foss alternative, got a 17.78 on Dakota STEP proficiency.
Spring 2013 was the first time New Tech had 11th graders, so it was the first time the school had anyone take the Dakota STEP. The school operates on project-based learning and will accept just about anyone who wants to go there.
It’s probably reassuring for the school, parents and the school district that kids at the project-based school performed fairly well on the standardized tests. Their math scores were noticeably worse than the state average, but their reading scores were better.