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Early results show Basehor-Linwood scores are up

April 15, 2004

Assessment test results, albeit preliminary, indicate students in the Basehor-Linwood School District are scoring higher on the exams than last year.

"The preliminary results on the Kansas assessments are encouraging," said school district assistant superintendent Bill Hatfield. "It looks like we've made gains in each of the schools in the district."

Students in Basehor-Linwood, and across Kansas, took the state assessment tests earlier this spring. The assessment tests are a requirement of the federal education bill, the No Child Left Behind Act, and helps determine future funding and school accreditation.

Final results from the assessment tests will not be available to school districts until May 15. However, preliminary results from some of the tests have been made available to school districts, Hatfield said.

This spring, some schools in the district took exams using computers while others maintained the traditional pencil and paper method. Administrators in Basehor-Linwood have had access to some test results of schools using computers for the assessments.

Some of those results include indicators that students at the high school and elementary schools have improved in core subjects such as reading, Hatfield said.

"It's early on but we're pretty confident," he said. "So far the scores have been encouraging, but we won't know the final results until May."

Last year only students at Linwood Elementary School and Basehor-Linwood Middle School took the assessment tests using the computer. Next year, all students in the district will use computers when taking state assessments.

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