Archive for Thursday, December 21, 2006

Schools continue to excel

December 21, 2006

While the No Child Left Behind legislation continues to cause consternation nationwide, the Eudora school district again cleared its ever-increasing achievement standards with ease.

Last week, it was announced students in the district achieved nine standards of excellence on reading and math achievement tests administrated last spring. Eudora Middle School earned building excellence standards in reading, and Eudora High School earned the building designation in math and reading. To achieve a standard of excellence designation, a high percentage of students must score at the "exemplary" level while those failing to score at a "proficient" level must be low.

Roughly 85 percent of the districts students performed at the exemplary level in math and reading. Assistant Superintendent Don Grosdidier said the district is right now close to reaching the standard of 100 percent proficiency in math and reading No Child Left Behind mandates all districts achieve by 2014.

It was the second-straight year of remarkable success for the district. It was announced in the fall of 2005 that every school in the district achieved the standard of excellence. What made the district's 2006 scores significant was the increased number of students participating as testing was expanded to include all third- through eighth-grade students taking the test in both subjects. In addition, 10th-graders were given the math assessments, and 11th-graders were tested in reading.

Clearly something right is happening in Eudora schools. Credit must be given to administrators, teachers, parents and students. Eudora taxpayers can be assured public education in the community is giving them a good return on their investment.

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