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February 18, 2014

E.B. looks to improve MAP scores

Administrators, teachers implement intervention strategies

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

The East Bernstadt School Board received a wake-up call following their meeting on Thursday evening, coming in the form of winter Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment scores.

MAP assessments are computerized, adaptive achievement tests in mathematics and reading. The scores help schools track how students are performing in both subjects.

For East Bernstadt Independent, there’s plenty of work to be done in mathematics. While nearly all grade levels are showing improvement in reading, students are underachieving in math.

First graders were measured to be the most on course, with 65 percent performing on grade level for reading and 71 percent on grade level in mathematics. Eighth-grade students put up the most troubling numbers, with only 33 percent performing on grade level in reading and only 30 percent on track in math.

The schools’ overall goal is to have 80 percent of students performing at grade level in both subjects by the end of the school year.

According to Director of Pupil Personnel and Instructional Supervisor Andrea Kesler, it’s still far from the time to worry.

“A lot of these numbers have been increasing since fall testing,” said Kesler. “Fall to spring or fall to fall is the big growth period. Fall to winter is not usually a growth period.”

In addition, each grade level has developed improvement strategies to help raise percentages. Teachers from each grade level are implementing these strategies in their classrooms.

Individualized test scores are also given out to teachers so they can chart whether or not students are showing growth. The teachers use these test scores to see if they should start specifically tailored three-tier intervention plans.

Tier 1 consists of extended monitoring in the classroom. If they go to Tier 2, students spend 20 extra minutes for three days a week on a computer-based tutoring program. If a student requires Tier 3 intervention, an extra teacher is put with a student for 30 minutes, four times a week.

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