Archive for Thursday, October 15, 2009

School district makes grade on state assessments

Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center students in Lee Hanson's fifth grade classroom work on projects during the first week of school this year.

Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center students in Lee Hanson's fifth grade classroom work on projects during the first week of school this year.

October 15, 2009

Official results are in from the Kansas State Department of Education and the Baldwin School District scored high … once again.

The good news came to Supt. Paul Dorathy on Tuesday. Baldwin received the standard of excellence on 42 of the 46 possibilities for the 2009 state assessments. Dorathy was pleased to hear that Tuesday.

“We got really good news on our state assessments today,” he said. “We did extremely well. Out of the 46 separate possibilities for the standard of excellence, we received 42 on our assessments. It’s very good news and it shows a lot of hard work by our students and staff and good support from parents. I’m very pleased with how well we’ve done with those.”

A trio of schools received the standard of excellence in all categories. Those were Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center, Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center and Marion Springs Elementary School.

BESIC and MSES received the standard of excellence on the reading and math exams for third, fourth and fifth grades. Both schools also received the honor building wide for all four exams — math, reading, science and writing.

“I’m just really pleased for the staff and students,” said Gus Wegner, MSES and Vinland Elementary School principal. “I’m excited that we continue to make the standard of excellence every year.”

BESPC students don’t take the state assessment exams, but the building did receive standard of excellence honor for building-wide math and reading.

VES made the standard of excellence in nine of the 10 categories. The only exception was third grade math, although 94 percent of the students met the standard or scored above it.

Baldwin Junior High School also received the standard of excellence on nine of its 10 categories. Building-wide science was the exception for BJHS, even though 90.3 percent of the students met or exceeded the standard, which is higher than the state’s average of 83.6 percent.

Baldwin High School was only measured in four categories — building-wide reading, math, science and writing. BHS earned the standard of excellence in reading and math.

Dorathy said this might have been the district’s best year for achieving the standard of excellence, but he wasn’t sure.

“I kind of set my expectations pretty high and expect us to do that well,” Dorathy said. “This is one of those things that you most definitely don’t want to take for granted. It’s a lot of work and dedication by people to get the job done.”

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