Archive for Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Charter School students tke aim at tests

March 6, 2002

Educators and administrators will know next fall the quality of education at the Basehor-Linwood Virtual Charter School.

That's when Kansas assessment test results are due back to the school district.

"It basically tells schools how well they're doing in those (testing) areas," said VCS director Brenda DeGroot. "It gives us an overall view of how well we're doing compared to students across the state."

The Virtual Charter School is an alternative source of education for home-school students. Course work is done via the Internet.

More than 160 Charter School students took the assessment tests recently at testing locations in Salina, Goddard and at the Basehor-Linwood Education Service Center.

Students ranging from elementary to high school grade levels took the tests in subjects such as reading, writing and math.

The Charter School students take the same assessment tests as students in public schools.

"All students follow the normal assessments," DeGroot said. "That was part of the agreement with the state."

The tests will be sent to the University of Kansas for grading and the results will be sent to the school district.

Basehor-Linwood School District Superintendent Cal Cormack said the results could indicate what changes, if any, would be made to the current Charter School student curriculum.

Normally, Charter School student test scores are equal to students attending Basehor-Linwood schools, Cormack said.

"Over time, we would expect to see continuous improvement at the Charter School," he said.

In August, the school was recognized at the state level during a Kansas state Senate subcommittee hearing concerning the progress of charter schools in the state.

Following the hearings, the Charter School was granted official accreditation by state education officials.

The Charter School was the first in the country to be accredited.

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