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Test scores mixed at Mabton Jr./Sr. High

MABTON – During a presentation at the Mabton School Board meeting Monday, Mabton Jr./Sr. High School Principal Caleb Oten informed the board that test scores are providing mixed results.

There are improvements for seventh grade math scores. Eighth grade math scores have declined.

In algebra and geometry the students appear to grasp some concepts, but “…there are mixed results,” said Oten.

In both reading and math the teachers are making adjustments to the curriculum in preparation for meeting Common Core standards. Oten said that may explain some of the test results.

Ninth and 10th grade students at Mabton Jr./Sr. High, he said, have had improvements in reading. However, the more noticeable improvements have been in newer areas of instruction and content.

Oten said teachers are doing a lot of work to ensure curriculum meets the Common Core standards for next year. The English teachers are working toward the goal of aligning technology, science and history curriculum to Common Core standards, as well.

“This is a new hurdle, but an interesting one,” said Oten, stating it is important that different subjects are connected with one another.

During the presentation, Oten also told the board there are 34 seniors on track for graduation. There are another 19 students who are currently not on track, but the staff at the school is working with parents and students to help those students.

Oten said some may not graduate in June, but there is an emphasis on ensuring they meet all graduation requirements before the end of summer.

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