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|Test Scores Mixed in Abingdon School District
|The principals of the Abingdon School District's three buildings all agree on one thing: there's always room to improve scores on state tests.
High school principal Chad Cox and Hedding grade school principal Michelle Andrews updated the school board Wednesday night on the test scores in their schools.
Officials noted that test scores at both the middle school and Hedding were very good. The middle school met Adequate Yearly Progress again this year, 80 percent of students met or exceeded standards in reading and 82.2 percent did so in math. The No Child Left Behind benchmark this year is 62.5 percent. Andrews says third through fifth grade scores at Hedding were exceptional in math, as were third and fourth grade reading scores.
However, the high school school failed to make AYP for the third straight year. Last year's juniors meeting or exceeding standards in reading totaled 55.9 percent, and only 39 percent met or exceeded in math. Cox says the school's teachers and staff will continue their efforts to bring those scores up.
Superintendent Tami Roskamp tells WGIL math scores obviously have to improve, but that's not the only area of focus. "We're also working with the middle school and trying to see...where the gap is," Roskamp said. "The elementary school is doing very well -- 80 percent meeting and exceeding (state standards). So I see that we are going in upward trends, so our accommodations and our interventions at the elementary should be working its way up. So I'm hoping that's going to solve our problems; and through interventions and new technology, hopefully, that will improve our test scores."
Two school board members noted that last year's junior class was small, and even a few students performing poorly or simply not taking the tests seriously can have an adverse effect on the high school's scores -- and its ability to achieve AYP.
|09 18 08 by Newsroom
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