The Clay Community School Board of Trustees received some good news on the results of the ISTEP + tests students took during the 2008 fall semester.
"It shows that when we work together in a positive way, we see results," Clay Community Schools Director of Curriculum and Grants Kathy Knust said.
The 2008-09 overall math scoring for Clay Community Schools is 0.3 percent above the state average and although CCSC is 2.5 points below the state average in English, the numbers have increased since the 2005-06 school year.
Knust said the most difficult area to raise test scores is in the special education students, but it is something that they are working on.
"We are not where we want to be, which is above state average," Knust said. "But we are above the state average in our number of special education students, so we are proud of where we are at and will continue to work with the students."
Gaps in test scores were noticeable when students changed to the secondary level which Knust believes is credited to the different classes with different teachers and the expectation of getting homework done, as well as being to class on time and the other responsibilities that middle school students have. She hopes that keeping students organized will give them the support to accomplish their goals.
Assistant Supt. of Curriculum Kim Tucker then addressed the board to break down what the schools are doing to help increase the test scores.
"There is a lot more going on then what I have contained here," she said.
Students who have not met their targeted goals are receiving extra remediation time through classroom teachers or instructional assistance through language arts, mathematics and reading Tucker said. Tutoring is taking place at all secondary schools and Nova Net is being used at both high schools.
She then went through a list of the schools and highlighted the grades that were at or above the state average
CCSC Supt. Dan Schroeder commented on the scores and accomplishments of the students.
"This is the highest our test grades have ever been corporation wide in math and we are tied for the second highest in language arts," he said. "The state scores have gone down and ours have not."
"We are not where we want to be, but I'm encouraged on the movement we are making," he said. "I would like to thank all of the administration and teachers that have worked hard and we are going to continue to work hard to raise the test scores.
The ISTEP results for the entire Clay Community School Corporation:
|Year||Clay Community||State Average|
|2005-06||69.5 percent||74.0 percent|
|2006-07||73.1 percent||73.7 percent|
|2007-08||71.9 percent||74.7 percent|
|2008-09||75.3 percent||75.0 percent|
|2005-06||67.9 percent||71.7 percent|
|2006-07||68.9 percent||71.4 percent|
|2007-08||69.6 percent||72.1 percent|
|2008-09||69.6 percent||72.1 percent|