SA board pores over assessments

    Principals at the South Adams Schools updated the district's board of education on state assessment reports for the 2012-2013 school year at Tuesday night's special meeting.
    Elementary principal Shellie Miller, middle school principal Jeff Rich and high school principal Trent Lehman informed the board of primary goals set for implementation of the 2013-2014 school improvement plan, and reflected on results of statewide progress reports in the subjects of English 10 and Algebra 1. All three stressed that a steady and continued growth was their main objective in analyzing   the state's statistics.
    The first goal established by the school was the achievement of an attendance rate of 97 percent or better on a consistent basis. Data indicated that objective was within reach, as the attendance rate thus far for 2013 was 96.7 percent and had increased each of the past five years.
    The second goal was that by the 2013-2014 school year, all students would consistently pass the Algebra I and English 10 course assessments in the 90 percentile range by the end of their sophomore year. The result of those goals was "disappointing," Lehman admitted. While both subjects had seen improvement since 2010, both topics saw a decline from last year.
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