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District nets Standards of Excellence

October 11, 2007

For the third straight year, students at Eudora USD 491 earned state recognition for their performance on standardized tests.

According to results released by the district Tuesday, students earned 10 Standards of Excellence and the overall district met adequate yearly progress in reading and math.

"We're very excited about the totals. I think it's a testament to everyone in the system: our teachers, our students and parental support and just everybody who makes it the quality system that it is," Eudora Superintendent Marty Kobza said.

Last year, the district earned nine total Standards of Excellence on the tests mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act.

Individual grade-level honors include Standards of Excellence in math for the fourth and seventh grades and honors in reading for the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

In addition to earning grade-level recognition, Eudora Middle School and Eudora High School earned four building-level standards of excellence.

The state gives the Standard of Excellence to schools that have a greater percentage of students scoring in higher performance categories on the tests and a smaller percentage of students scoring in lower categories.

"I think test scores take care of themselves if you're doing other things correctly," Kobza said. "Our teachers are teaching very skillfully and are making sure all the content and objectives are covered that need to be covered."

The results were from tests taken during the 2006-2007 school year. There are no results from Nottingham Elementary School because the state doesn't begin administering the tests until students are in third grade.

"I think perhaps there's been great improvement in our scores at West Elementary School," Kobza said.

As a whole, 86.3 percent of district students met the standard or above in reading. The district had 85.33 of its students meet the standard or above in math.

More students took the test than last year. Before, the state only took scores from children enrolled by the mandated state student census Sept. 20. This year, any student enrolled during the testing dates counted toward the total.

When looking over the district's work, one score stood out to Kobza.

According to the results, 94.23 of the students at the high school scored adequate yearly progress in math. The state requirement for the building was 55.7 percent.

"I think again, that doesn't just happen in the high school," Kobza said. "That happens as a result in the years before leading up to that as well as the fine job they're doing in the high school."

District officials are already at work to prepare for the next round of tests, which begin in the spring.

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