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USD 232 focuses on future success

October 22, 2009

After the Kansas State Department of Education released Oct. 13 the Standard of Excellence recognitions in math and reading, the De Soto school district quickly got to work determining how improve for next year.

Eight of the De Soto USD 232 schools earned the Kansas State Department of Education Standard of Excellence in math and reading.

Mill Valley High School and Mize and Starside Elementary schools missed the mark in receiving the recognition. MVHS and Starside did not make requirements for reading, while Mize came up short in the math assessment.

“All of the schools made the Standard of Excellence in at least one area of study,” Earl Martin, director of teaching and learning said. “That’s no small fete.”

Martin said the district should feel good about meeting the Standard of Excellence at so many levels.

“I think we can celebrate that all of our schools meet the standard in at least one area,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that we failed in that area, it just means that we didn’t accomplish the higher standard in this district.”

Moving forward,---≠+ schools will focus on continuing improvement.

“Our job is to continue to look at data,” Martin said. “This is only one source of data, but we have lots of information coming in on things we could work on in terms of continuously improving.”

In the De Soto district 91.5 percent of the 3,406 students tested for reading met or exceeded the state target of 76.7 percent proficiency.

In math 88.6 percent of the 3,384 students tested met or exceeded the state target of 70.5 percent proficiency.


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