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Clark County

April 30, 2014

ONE MORE ROUND: Local IREAD scores have more opportunity to gain

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — NEW ALBANY-FLOYD COUNTY

Down slightly out of last year’s spot in the 90s, New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.’s scores came in at 88.4 percent.

Sally Jensen, director of assessment and student information, said they’re not giving up on where they could score after the summer testing window.

“We are about a point and a half down from last year, but here’s the thing: We feel like we absolutely need to stay the course we’re on because we see kids making some good results,” Jensen said. “The bottom line is that some kids need some extra time and support.”

Four of the district’s schools exceeded the 90 percent mark — Georgetown Elementary, Greenville Elementary, Grant Line Elementary and Floyds Knobs Elementary.

While Fairmont and S. Ellen Jones elementaries were the only ones that didn’t reach into the 80s, Jensen said some factors come into play with their scores.

She said some Fairmont students haven’t had a chance to catch up with the language.

“At Fairmont, keep in mind that regardless of how long you’ve been immersed in the English language, you still have to take this test,” Jensen said. “That school is our magnet for English language learners, but you have to take that test regardless of when you came to us.”

She said S. Ellen Jones has a high rate of mobility — students moving in and out of the school — but the ones who are there from kindergarten on tend to perform well on the test.

She said though the goal is to keep scores as high as possible, she’s not disappointed with this year’s results. However, she said she’s excited to see where they perform after this summer.

“We’re pleased that we continue to hold where we are,” Jensen said. “We always want to be above the 90 range. Once you get there, you want to stay there, so we’ll just keep on working until we’re there all the time. Our goal, bottom line, is we want every kiddo to get over the bar.

“This is foundational reading, one of the most important skills they’ll ever have.”

WEST CLARK

Officials at West Clark Community Schools weren’t able to return phone calls by deadline.

The district’s score was 77.8 percent passing. Henryville Elementary scored 78.4 percent, Silver Creek Elementary scored 77.5 percent and Borden Elementary scored 77.8 percent.

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