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Archive for Tuesday, November 14, 1995

TONGANOXIE EVALUATES SCORES

November 14, 1995

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— Tonganoxie's test scores on recently released state math, reading and social studies assessments may appear a few points lower in several categories than the state average.

For example, the 11th-grade social studies score was 44.2 percent, compared to the state average of 50.1 percent.

But Supt. Phil Johnston told the school board Monday night that after a detailed analysis of the scores, Tonganoxie students appear to be performing at the state level.

"We're average, but we're not happy with average," Johnston said. "We're going to work hard to bring those scores up."

David Cromer, assistant middle school principal, said that comparing individual schools' scores to the state average was misleading.

He said that's because each score has a margin of error of 20 percent. That means that if a school scored 50 percent on the assessment, the actual score could be anywhere between 30 percent and 70 percent.

Cromer said what the district needs to do is work on validity -- making sure what is tested actually is taught in the classroom.

Johnston said teachers are currently working on developing curriculum designed to improve the test scores.

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