Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Sunnyside School Board last Thursday had an opportunity to review preliminary results from the most recent round of student testing.
Students in elementary and middle school last spring were assessed in the measure of student progress. High school students were assessed through the high school proficiency exam.
Although not all results have yet come in and the progress detailed for the school board is preliminary, there were encouraging results.
Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole noted math scores were up across the board.
"The math success is incredible," he said.
Significant gains were made by students who were in the sixth grade during the 2010-11 school year. Test scores in math for sixth graders improved by more than 20 percent. All told, 51.9 percent of the students were meeting or exceeding standards.
Reading results show sixth grade students made a 14 percent gain over 2010, again with more than half the students meeting standards.
Fourth grade reading scores improved just more than 4 percent from the previous year, although seventh grade reading scores dropped nearly 3 percent.
At those grade levels math scores, however, improved by nearly 8 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively.
For sophomores tested this past year, the reading scores improved just more than 5 percent from 60.4 to 65.5 percent of students meeting state standards.
The math scores for SHS sophomores were not available to the school district because those students do not take the high school proficiency exam, but are subject to end of the course exams.
Cole said some of the results are encouraging, while the school district will have to address the issues regarding the reading scores.
The school board members said the results, although some may consider adequate improvements, do not meet the district's goals.
Miguel Puente, who was appointed to the board Thursday, said, "I think there needs to be a sense of urgency to get to 100 percent (of students meeting state standards)."