ROANOKE - Test scores in Roanoke-Benson District 60 have mostly been improving under a new testing system implemented three years ago, the school board was told at a Thursday night meeting.

Those in grades three and four at Sowers Elementary have been taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readings for College and Careers (PARCC), a test that was new to the district in its content and format in 2015. In that year, 25 percent of the students met and exceeded learning goals, compared to 35 percent of the state in composite scores. The scores improved in '16 to 31 percent for Sowers and 35 percent for the state. In '16, 47 percent of Sowers students met and exceeded goals compared to 34 percent for the state.

“We’re starting to know what is tested,” Superintendent Rohn Peterson said. “The teachers are adapting in the classroom. I’m pleased with the progress Sowers has made.”

According to Peterson, test scores at the junior high were fairly steady, although the students were stronger in English and Language than in Math.

At the high school, using the SAT test taken by all juniors, 55 percent of the students met and exceeded learning goals in the composite scores, compared to the 39 percent average of the state.

See article on Jan. 25 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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