Archive for Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Basehor-Linwood students meeting state averages

October 31, 2001

Recent assessment test results indicate students in the Basehor-Linwood School District scored at or above the state average in four core subjects.

"We are at or above the state average in all areas," Basehor-Linwood School District Superintendent Cal Cormack said. "Does that mean we are satisfied? No, we are still trying to find ways to improve."

School district students were tested last spring in the four core subjects, math, reading, social science and science. Of those subjects, district students showed the highest scores in reading.

The assessment tests include all the students in the school district.

The assessment tests, which school district officials described as "strong, rigorous tests" help school district officials to align the curriculum accordingly.

"They are strong tests because the state constantly moved the bar up," Linwood Elementary School principal and test assessment coordinator Vickie McEnroe said.

The reading curriculum has already been realigned in the school district and school officials recently met with district math teachers to revise the math program from kindergarten through the 12th grade level.

"We consider ourselves a whole district and in order to make things go we have to have K-12," McEnroe said.

This year's scores continue a trend for the school district in which scores during the past 10 years have improved significantly, Cormack said.

In addition to affecting curriculum, the assessment tests also affect the school district's accreditation.

Over time, if a school district has scores that are below the state average, that district could lose state accreditation, affecting students chances of getting into a four year college.

The Basehor-Linwood School District is in no danger of losing their accreditation. Although the district would like to improve test scores, Cormack said the realignment of programs is aimed at improvement alone.

"It is a refinement type process rather than a crisis type response," he said.

Overall, schools in the state of Kansas normally test in the top 15 to 20 percent of schools in the nation. School district officials said this could be traced to a smaller state population as well as providing a good educational program.

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