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March 1, 2013

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Clarksville Community Schools

Last year, Clarksville saw the most significant jump in ELA scores of the four districts in Clark and Floyd counties, but also the most significant dip in math scores.

In an interview in July of 2012, Superintendent Kim Knott said gains for the district from 2009 were significant, but the dip in math scores had her concerned.

“That can be a reading comprehension issue,” Knott said in the 2012 interview. “However, when you make the gains in reading and literacy, that should transfer to mathematical problem solving. Why is that transfer not happening? Do they know how to translate a technical reading passage? It could be just a translation issue.”

She said at the time that the district’s TAP model — which focuses on intense professional development for teachers — would extend from middle and high schools to elementary schools, which should have provided some more consistency in teaching models from school to school.

Clarksville officials were contacted for comment, but did not respond before press time.

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