MHS grades up

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Pam Castor, Manila School superintendent, and Pam Chipman, high school principal, are pleased with the 2004-05 end of course test results.

"We are really excited," Chipman said. "We are proud of the hard work from our students and our teachers."

Castor recently received test results for the high school. End of Course test results are in algebra, geometry and literacy.

Test results showed 73 percent proficient and advanced in algebra. The 73 percent was an increase from 59 percent the year before.

End of Course geometry scores were 68 percent proficient and advanced. This was an increase from 51 percent for the 2003-04 school year.

The literacy results increase almost doubled going from 36 percent in the 2003-04 year to 64 percent for the past year.

"Our scores are all above the state average and are good standing in the regional average," Castor said.

The ninth grade math portfolio, graded on independent level, is up with Manila scoring 92 percent. The state average is 67 percent.

"This is an excellent score," Chipman said.

The increased scoring is a combined effort from teachers kindergarten through twelfth grade.

"We have an outstanding staff," Chipman said. "I want to credit the students and teachers for a great job."

Castor said the state is redoing the numerical scale for the Benchmark tests and the test results for kindergarten through the eighth grade will be in later in the school year.

Chipman said the students have taken the studies and testing seriously this year.

Through the state guidelines Act 35 passed in the 2003 session, all students that score below proficient on the end of course testing had to spend time, in addition to their regular class work, for remediation.

"The remediation time had to be scheduled into their day and was under teacher supervision," Castor said.

Castor praised Principal Chipman and her staff for their efforts.

"The grades are a credit to the students and our teachers," Castor said. "We had students who volunteered to stay after school to study and we had teachers who gave up their time to stay and help them."

Manila High School implemented Advanced Placement classes into the high school curriculum last year. It started with chemistry, English 11 and English II. More AP classes will be added each year.

"We were told by many people that it would be at least three to five years before we would have anyone pass the AP tests that give concurrent college credit," Chipman said. "We were excited when we had two students, Jeremy Davis and Nick Robbins, pass the test and receive college credits the first year. The AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 basis and most colleges will give the concurrent credit for a 3," Chipman said. "We had a lot of students that scored 2 on the tests this year. We could not have these successes in high school grades without our dedicated elementary and junior high teachers."

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