257 school board looks at past, future

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June 26, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Monday night USD 257 board of education members spent time reflecting on the past year. The two main topics discussed were the results of standardized testing and the financial status of the district.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, schools in the district were tested on reading and math comprehension. Most schools met their expectations in the categories. McKinley elementary students had initially met the levels set for them, known as annual yearly progress under the provisions of the, “No Child Left Behind” education legislation. However, according to McKinley Principal Lori Maxwell, some scores were recategorized which put the school in a situation where the school falls into a needs improvement category. Maxwell spoke about the relatively arbitrary way the scores were handled by the state. 

The middle school found itself in a similar situation, said Jack Stanley, IMS principal. Due to the classification system, Stanley talked about the difference in size between IMS and elementary schools like McKinley. He also talked about the AYP and then showed charts with statistics compiled into the new assessment format that will take effect next year. The Assessment Performance Index is the new system and would have given a meets expectation or exceeds standards rating. 

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