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USD 348 receives numerous standards of excellence marks

October 17, 2011

Baldwin's school district improved upon its number of Standards of Excellence on the 2010-2011 state assessment exams, which were released last week.

A year ago, the Kansas State Department of Education released the results and USD 348 earned 25 Standard of Excellence marks on the 2009-2010 exams. The results revealed USD 348 hit the mark 30 times out of 39 possible times.

“The district did very well on our state assessments and the standards of excellence,” Superintendent Paul Dorathy said. “Most of the buildings got quite a few. Our schools did very well on the assessments last spring. I'm very pleased with the results.”

School principals were also pleased with the results.

“The students and teachers work really hard,” said Tammy Thomasson, Baldwin Junior High School principal. “I know our staff takes it really serious. It's a lot of work to teach it all, take the tests, see how we do and then go back and teach what we need to improve upon. We target some of the areas that we might not do so well on so that we can do better the next year.”

The Standard of Excellence is granted when a certain percentage of students either meet standards, exceed standards or achieve “exemplary” scores on the tests; also mandated is a limit for the number of students who do not reach such scores. The Standard of Excellence designations are determined using the same scores gathered for measuring adequate yearly progress, in connection with federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

BJHS was one of the schools in the state to earn the Standard of Excellence on its exams, but not make AYP on the same exams. A school can not make AYP if a subgroup of students doesn't score high enough as a whole. Some of the subgroups may include special education students or bilingual students.

“It's nice to see some good stuff,” Thomasson said. “We didn't make AYP in one subgroup, but this is good news.”

Assessments for reading and math were administered during the past school year in third through eighth grades and then once in high school. Science tests are given in grades four, seven and once in high school.

Marion Springs Elementary School led the way with nine Standard of Excellence marks. BJHS earned the marks eight times and Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center hit the mark all seven times that were possible.

Vinland Elementary School made it four times, while BHS hit the marks on two of its tests. VES and MSES were closed at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.

“I'm proud of our staff and students,” first-year BHS Principal Rob McKim said. “They worked very diligently to meet the standards of excellence. I know our staff takes great pride in seeing our students be successful.”

Here are the schools in USD 348 meeting the Standard of Excellence, listed by subject and grade levels:

Reading

BESIC — 4, 5, building-wide

MSES — 3, 4, 5, building-wide

VES — 4, 5, building-wide

BJHS — 6, 7, 8, building-wide

BHS — building-wide

Math

BESIC — 4, 5, building-wide

MSES — 3, 4, 5, building-wide

BJHS — 6, 7, 8, building-wide

BHS — building-wide

Science

BESIC — building-wide

MSES — building-wide

VES — building-wide

Comments

Torch 3 years, 2 months ago

Should be top in the state for what the community shovels at them.

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hyperinflate 3 years, 2 months ago

This is entirely due to the new Performing Arts Center and the promised storage shed at the ball fields.

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hyperinflate 3 years, 2 months ago

"Here are the schools in Lawrence meeting the Standard of Excellence, listed by subject and grade levels:"

As always, top-shelf effort there, Jimmy. Make sure to keep your cell phone close by so you'll catch the inevitable offer from the New York Times.

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