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|Math Scores the Focus in Abingdon Schools
|Officials in the Abingdon School District say they are taking a hard look at factors that may have contributed to low test scores by last year's juniors at the high school.
The state recently released the 2008 school report cards, which include student scores on tests like the Illinois Standards Achievement Test and the Prairie State Achievement Exam. The report cards also show whether a school made Adequate Yearly Progress.
Abingdon High School did not make AYP as students struggled in science and math on the PSAE. District 217 Superintendent Tami Roskamp tells WGIL the math scores were especially low. "Our math scores are at the 41 percentile of meets and exceeds," Roskamp said. "So we're looking at our curriculum to see if that is anything that is involved in these test scores. Also, we're looking at students' attitudes through surveys, and we're finding out that they may not have taken the test as seriously as we would like them to -- also, their attutides about taking math in general. A lot of them don't want to take four years of math."
Abingdon's high school students are required to take three years of math. Roskamp says math tutoring is available to help students having problems in match, and officials also plan to go back and see how the same students who scored low as 11th graders did in match as middle schoolers.
The news is much better for the rest of District 217. Both Abingdon Middle School and Hedding Grade School made AYP. The middle school students scored 80 percent meets or exceeds in reading and 82.2 in math. The required benchmark for meeting AYP is 62.5. Hedding students scored 90.8 in math and 81.7 in reading. Hedding third graders aced the math portion of the ISAT, scoring 98.1 compared to the state average of 85.1.
|11 10 08 by Newsroom
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