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November 9, 2013

6 grade schools make AYP

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Grand Prairie students had an overall ISAT score of 65 percent for 2012-2013, up from the prior year's 61 percent.

The school's reading and math scores were at 66 and 64 percent, respectively. The prior year's reading score was 57 percent and the previous year's math score was 64 percent.

Alan Estes, Grand Prairie's interim superintendent and principal, said state test scores are important but do not take into account social studies, art, PE and other key parts of education.

“We try and make sure they're a well-rounded student,” Estes said.

In 2012-2013, 57 percent of Dodds students met or exceeded the ISAT standards, up from 52 percent the year before.

Also, the school's reading score was 58 percent, up from 55 percent, and the math score was 56 percent, up from 50 percent.

Bethel's overall ISAT score for 2012-2013 was 48 percent, up from 34 percent. The reading score was 49 percent that year, up from 35 percent, and the math score was 47 percent, up from 33 percent.

“We're looking more at student growth than if we are meeting or exceeding,” said Craig Kujawa, Bethel's superintendent and principal. “Our students, staff and parents are working hard to show improvement.”

Ina's overall ISAT score for 2012-2013 was 43 percent, compared to the prior year's 36 percent. Reading was at 48 percent, up from 42 percent. The math score was at 37 percent, up from 31 percent.

Out of the 13 schools, Summersville Grade School actually had the highest overall ISAT score for 2012-2013 at 69 percent, but did not make AYP. Farrington Elementary School had the lowest overall score at 37 percent and also did not make AYP.

Tori Hartman, Summersville's assistant principal, said the 2012-2013 test scores were greatly impacted by two major changes.

One was the state increasing the performance expectations and the other was the state incorporating Common Core standards into the ISAT test for the first time, Hartman said.

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