Nov 272013

By Julie Wiessner
Students from the Winslow Unified School District who were concentrators in the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) classes ranked higher than the statewide average in five of seven measures on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS).
Concentrators are students who take at least two to three NAVIT class programs during the school year.
Penny Brimhall is Winslow’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) and shared the district’s results for the 2012-13 school year. The NAVIT program is included under the CTE umbrella.
Brimhall explained, “The CTE program is definitely helping students do better in academic achievement. The program shows students how what they are learning in regular classrooms can be applied to the real world. It all starts to make more sense to them and encourages them to do better in their regular classroom coursework.”
The number of students who met or exceeded the AIMS reading standards was 92.86 percent, as compared to the statewide CTE student rate of 84 percent.
The number of students who passed the AIMS math test was 71.43 percent, while the state percentage was 71.
Although not a requirement to report to the federal government yet, the level of academic writing at WHS was 97.62 percent.
Some students study construction, automotive or other vocations. On tests to show technical proficiency in their skill area, the state percentage for 2012-13 was 72 percent, while the district’s numbers revealed 61.29 percent proficient.
The number of students who completed their program and graduated from WHS was 97.37 percent, while the rate for CTE students statewide was 84 percent.
The percentage of WHS students who graduated and went on to college, the military or a job was 55.88 percent, while the state percentage was 57 percent.
For all active programs, students in the CTE NAVIT programs at WHS are performing above the state average in reading, math, graduation rate and writing.
Brimhall said, “I would love to see the culinary arts program come to our school. Hopefully, it will come in the not too distant future and will be another way for students to understand why learning fractions is an important real world life skill.”