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EUREKA - The District 140 school board learned 70 percent of students in kindergarten through grade eight met growth projections in mathematics and 65 percent in reading, according to data from the MAP assessment testing at a July 9 meeting.

According to Superintendent Bob Bardwell, students are, in general, starting above the national mean performance for students in any grade level. 

“We have a good product that walk in the door for our teachers to work with,” he said.

As with most, District 140 uses the MAP assessment to provide faculty and staff reliable, consistent and timely information on student performance. The MAP assessment’s focus on growth and also helps eliminate the focus on individual years or scores. 

“I feel like we’re at the point now where teachers are using it (MAP data) to improve their instruction. It gives us the opportunity to talk with individuals, with the grade level and with the building as whole,” Bardwell said. “You are taking students from where they are at and making them better.”

See article on July 26 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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