While all the numbers are still being assembled, it appears the school district leadership is pretty pleased with the strides made in the latest round of testing.
While the CATS test has been put to rest, the federal No Child Left Behind remains.
The district made a great stride when students with disabilities tested at a level where they were shy of the goal but made significant progress to be granted Safe Harbor.
Few districts can claim to reach this level.
But the district has too many schools which are not reaching their individual targets.
On the flip side, educators are encouraged as every school has been showing improvement and there is improvement districtwide in all areas.
The number of students in the novice and apprentice levels are dropping while the number in the proficient and distinguished is rising.
This is a good trend.
The biggest smiles should come from the Lebanon Junction Elementary and Bernheim Middle communities. It wasn’t too many years ago that these schools were in bad academic shape with students having the ability to transfer to other schools and receive extra academic services.
In a way to compare schools, Lebanon Junction had the highest percentage of students who reached proficient or distinguished in the subjects of math, reading and writing. Very impressive.
And Bernheim has worked its way to second among the county’s middle schools.
All the news appears to be great. It should be a tribute to the central office, the administrators/principals, the teachers, the students and the parents for making the improvements possible.
There is a conviction that every student has the ability to learn and it is the district’s responsibility to find a way to make that happen.
Investments in the past on programs such as Think Link and now the MAP assessments have helped teachers identify what each student needs assistance in.
They have found the way to provide individual plans for each student.
This all takes work. While the district has earned the right to take a deep breath and relax, that moment of relaxation can only be brief.
There is still much work to be done. While the district may be in the middle of the pack statewide, the only goal should be to finish at the top of the academic charts. Our students deserve it.
Congratulations to all on this portion of the long journey.