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Salem-Keizer State Assessment Results Show Growth in Student Achievement

Math scores stayed steady in almost all grades except for eighth, whose scores increased by 3.6 percentage points.

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(SALEM) - State assessment results for 2005-06 school year show growth in student achievement in just about every subject and grade tested.

The scores were released Wednesday by the Oregon Department of Education, and reflect a similar picture of last week's preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress report.

“The steady growth is good news. With actual test results released, we now have the data to take an in-depth look at where increases in student achievement took place and which areas need more attention,” said Superintendent Sandy Husk.

Highlights of academic growth include 10th grade reading scores.

Students meeting or exceeding standards went up by 4.2 percentage points over the previous year.

Writing scores also showed improvement.

Fourth grade improved by 12.8 percentage points, and seventh grade by 8.8 percentage points.

In science, fifth grade had the most improvement. Scores went up by 6.1 percentage points.

“The academic growth is a reflection of continued effort by our staff to use the best instructional methods in our classes,” said Glenn Gelbrich , Assistant Superintendent of Academic Achievement. “It's also a reflection of our strong partnership with parents and our common goal of student success.”

State assessment results are available on the Salem-Keizer website at www.salkeiz.k12.or.us/districtcenter/DistrictFacts/StateTests/index.htm


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