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Schools rack up assessment Standards of Excellence

December 18, 2008

Nine of De Soto USD 232’s 11 schools received a building-wide Standard of Excellence for reading and math on the 2007-2008 Kansas Department of Education report cards.

Students in third through 11th grades were tested in math, reading, writing science and history and government.

Clear Creek, Horizon, Prairie Ridge and Riverview elementary schools, Lexington Trails, Mill Creek and Monticello Trails middle schools and De Soto and Mill Valley high schools received building-wide Standard of Excellence in reading and math.

Mize elementary received building-wide Standard of Excellence for reading, but only the fifth-grade math received Standard of Excellence in math.

Starside elementary received a Standard of Excellence for third-grade math.

Kim Barney, district’s associate director of learning services and assessment coordinator, said receiving the Standard of Excellence for so many schools wasn’t out of character for the district.

“We do well every year on state assessments,” she said. “We’re proud that our students perform well.”

However, the district doesn’t track Standard of Excellence because it’s an extra award of progress. Instead administrators look more to Adequate Yearly Progress, Barney said.

Still, the district is pleased with receiving Standard of Excellence reorganization.

“Even in the building that didn’t receive recognition, they still improved and we made AYP,” Barney said.

According to the results, 91.5 percent of students tested met or exceeded the standard for the reading potion of the assessment, 19.5 percent higher than the state goal.

Scores for the math assessment were similar, where 87.9 percent of students met or exceeded the standard, 23 percent higher than the state goal.

This year the assessment included writing proficiency. Last year science and history and government were new to the assessment. This year’s data from science and history and government will be used to make a baseline for future years, Barney said.

Although in early stages the district excelled in both science and history and government assessments, 92.1 percent of students met or exceeded the 69 percent target. Students also met or exceeded the 68 percent target for history and government with 91.3 percent.

“Bottom line, we want every child to succeed and if students improve we are doing that effectively,” she said.

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