2009-08-26 / News from our Schools

Three classes stand out on MEAs

By David Hart Irregular Staff

SALEM -- At a recent school board meeting it was revealed that three classes within MSAD #58 had noteworthy scores on last year's Maine Educational Assessments.

Last year's fourth graders from Strong did exceptionally well in their math tests. Of the 345 fourth grade classes tested, less then 10 classes had every kid in their class either meet or exceed the standards of the test.

This year's fifth graders can look back and say they are on the very short list in math testing. Amazingly, this comes from a very large class where 26 students were tested. Thirty-five percent, or nine students, proved to exceed the standards and 65 percent of the class, or 17 students, met the standards.

For the second year straight, last year's sixth grade class from Stratton had every student meet or exceed the standards in reading. The very same class also met or exceeded the standards in math as well. With nine students testing, this Stratton class is only one of two classes of the 270 sixth grade classes that participate in the MEAs

A sixth grade class of six students at the Edgecomb Eddy School was the only other class to achieve this status.

Last year's seventh grade class from Kingfield also put up big O's in the "Partially Meets" and "Does Not Meet" categories. This 17-member class had every student meet or exceed the standards in both math and reading. Again, a standout across the state and a standalone when dealing with a class size of 17. Only one other class, of smaller size, achieved this status from the pool of state participants.

In math, five students or 29 percent of the class exceed the standards, while four students also achieved that status in reading. The balance of the class met the standards of the MEA. In testing the year before, 19 percent of the class partially met or did not meet the standards in math and 5 students only partially met the standard in reading.

"The department is keenly aware of, and wishes to recognize, the intensified efforts of teachers and administrators at the local level who are largely responsible for these gains," said Commissioner Sue Gendron of the Maine Department of Education.

On average, students from across the district in grades three through eight all scored in the range that suggests they meet the standards.

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