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|Abingdon Principals Spell Out Goals for Testing
|A local school that was among the state's "Spotlight Award" winners is challenging its students to improve already high Illinois Standards Achievement Test scores.
Stan Adcock, the principal of Abingdon Middle School, recognized his students and staff at Wednesday night's school board meeting for winning the award for the second straight year. The Illinois State Board of Education gives out Spotlight Awards to schools that achieve high academic performance despite high poverty.
Adcock says students at the middle school have scored 15 to 20 percent above the ISAT cutoff, and he tells WGIL there's a new goal in place for testing this year.
"I challenged them to step up, and raise the overall score another five percent," Adcock said. "I've offered them a free day, where they would come in and the teachers would have activities for them as a reward for raising the scores, and they've really been excited about it. They've worked very hard these last couple of weeks on ISAT's, and I'm proud of them."
Adock says the teachers work hard preparing students for the test throughout the year so they're ready when it's time to take it.
Hedding Grade School Principal Michelle Andrews told the school board about a similar goal. She says the plan at Hedding is to increase the goal from 85 percent to 90 percent of 3rd through 5th graders meeting or exceeding standards on the reading portion of the ISAT.
Abingdon High School Principal Chad Cox says a key focus for the staff this year is improving student math scores. He says one of the goals is for juniors to hit 70 percent meeting or exceeding in that subject, and another is to have 30 percent of special education students make AYP.
|03 12 09 by Newsroom
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