Skip to main content

For Immediate Release — August 16, 2004 | HQ
Janet Rope: DoDEA, Accountability Administrator

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — August 16, 2004 — Dr. Joseph Tafoya, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) today announced the organization's 2004 standardized test results for the TerraNova 2nd Edition. In 2002, DoDEA students were tested using the TerraNova 2nd Edition for the first time to establish TerraNova baseline results for the system so student achievement could be compared from one year to the next. DoDEA has successfully used the 2001-2006 Community Strategic Plan (CSP) to raise education standards and advance students to higher levels of achievement. From 2002-2004, DoDEA has made significant gains by increasing the percent of students in the "Above the Standard" and "At the Standard" levels by 1, 2 or 3 points in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. DoDEA has also been successful in decreasing the percent of students whose scores are in the "Below the Standard" level by 1 point in Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. DoDEA students have reached the 2006 goal of 8% or fewer students in the "Below the Standard" level in Language Arts.

DoDEA Students Continue to Score Well

The standardized test provides DoDEA results that can be compared to a sample group of students across the nation. The 2004 test results show that DoDEA students' average scores remain substantially higher than the national average (50th percentile) in all subject areas (Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science) at all grade levels tested (3-11). Thirty-seven (37) of the 45 subtest scores were 10-20 points above the national average of 50%; five (5) subtest scores were 21-25 points higher than national average; and three (3) subtest scores were 8-9 points higher than the 50 th percentile.

The following table provides a comprehensive picture of DoDEA 2004 TerraNova results compared with the national average which is at the 50 th percentile for all subjects and all grade levels.

DoDEA System All Students In Grades 3-11 Comparison of 2004 TerraNova Median National Percentiles with National Average
Grade Number Test-takers Reading Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
M
N
P
Comp-
arison with 50th %ile
M
N
P
Comp-
arison with 50th %ile
M
N
P

Comp-
arison with 50th %ile

M
N
P
Comp-
arison with 50th %ile
M
N
P
Comp-
arison with 50th %ile
3 8607 58 8 63 13 63 13 65 15 62 12
4 8304 64 14 65 15 62 12 59 9 68 18
5 8009 65 15 67 17 61 11 58 8 61 11
6 7607 65 15 65 15 65 15 63 13 63 13
7 6543 64 14 70 20 65 15 63 13 62 12
8 6086 69 19 69 19 69 19 65 15 65 15
9 5261 72 22 67 17 70 20 69 19 67 17
10 4355 72 22 75 25 73 23 68 18 65 15
11 3605 75 25 70 20 68 18 69 19 68 18

The 2001-2006 CSP renews and refines the organization's commitment to helping all students succeed by monitoring and measuring student progress through standardized tests. In addition, the CSP requires the reporting of student data by the percentage of students within each national percentile quarter to ensure a more accurate assessment of the academic achievement of all students. The 2001-2006 CSP has set the following high and challenging goals:

Seventy-five percent of all students will perform in the top two national percentile quarters on a standardized, norm-referenced assessment (At and Above the Standard performance levels). Fewer than 8 percent will perform at the bottom quarter level (Below the Standard performance level).

The following table provides a broad picture of the 2002-04 distribution of DoDEA students ’ test scores compared to the nation's students. The results show that the increase needed in the percentage of DoDEA students scoring in the "Above the Standard" and "At the Standard" performance levels is quite small, ranging from 4% to 9%.

Department of Defense Education Activity 2002-04 TerraNova Percentage of Students in the "Above" and "At the Standard" Performance Levels
  Nation 2002 2003 2004 2 Year Change DoDEA 2006 Goal Increase Needed to Meet 2006 Goal
Reading Total 50% 70 70 70 0 75% 5%
Language Total 50% 69 70 71 +2 75% 4%
Mathematics Total 50% 66 67 68 +2 75% 7%
Science Total 50% 63 65 66 +3 75% 9%
Social Studies 50% 67 68 68 +1 75% 7%

The following table provides a display of the 2002-04 distribution of DoDEA students' test scores in the "Below the Standard" performance level. The results show that DoDEA students have met the 2006 goal in Language Arts and are very near the 2006 goal in all other subject areas.

Department of Defense Education Activity 2002-04 TerraNova Percentage of Students in the "Below the Standard" Performance Level
  Nation 2002 2003 2004 2 Year Change DoDEA 2006 Goal Decrease Needed to Meet 2006 Goal
Reading Total 25% 9 9 9 0 8% 1%
Language Total 25% 9 9 8 -1 8% MET
Mathematics Total 25% 11 11 10 -1 8% 2%
Science Total 25% 11 10 10 -1 8% 2%
Social Studies 25% 9 9 9 0 8% 1%

DoDEA is comprised of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS), serving dependents of military and civilian employees in foreign countries, and the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), serving military dependents in the United States and her territories.


DoDEA HQ Office of Communications

4800 Mark Center Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400

The DoDEA Communications Office initiates and manages DoDEA's communications and outreach efforts worldwide. The office coordinates press relations, internal information programs and communication with students, parents, teachers, school administrators and the public.

The HQ Communications Office:

Issues news releases and media advisories about DoDEA initiatives, employees and programs Produces video and television promotional and informational products marketed worldwide Maintains the DoDEA web site Designs printed promotional and informational material and graphic artwork to accompany publications, promotions and initiatives

Area Communications Offices: