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N. SUMMIT HITS GOAL: A JUMP IN ENGLISH SCORES

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North Summit School District took its 1992 statewide achievement test scores seriously. It upgraded its English/language arts effort and saw the results in a significant uptrend in its overall 1993 scores.

Improvements in the English/language scores at all levels - fifth, eighth and 11th grades - raised the district's total basic battery score in each instance.The fifth-grade average on the basic battery of tests was in the 70th percentile, well above the state average of 54. The national norm is 50, a figure created by giving the achievement test to a large number of children in the same grade. At eighth grade, North Summit was at the 67th percentile. At 11th grade, the battery score was at the 48th percentile, despite area subject scores that were all above the national norm. The low battery score probably reflected a very low subtest result, a state assessment expert said.

In Tooele District, the average composite score at both fifth and 11th grades rose above the national norm of 50 (reaching 52 at each of the two grades) but the eighth-graders remained below the norm at 44.

Overall, the eighth-graders were at the bottom end of the expected range in every subject.

Some of the improvement at the fifth-grade level was attributable to an extraordinarily high score - in the 79th percentile - at Vernon Elementary, where only five students are enrolled. In small classes, one or two students with exceptionally high or low scores can make a significant difference in the average score.

However, Central Elementary also had a 14 percentile point jump in its basic battery, and Vernon Elementary was up by 10 percentile points to bring the overall fifth- grade performance above the national norm for the first time in four years of statewide testing.

North Summit Superintendent Ron Stanfield said that disappointingly low scores in English and language arts in the 1992 testing focused concern on those subjects.

"We asked staff experts from the State Office (of Education) to come in and analyze what we were doing with our English and language curricula and help us improve," he said.

The district conducted in-service sessions for teachers and determined to improve instruction in the basics of English. The result was a six percentile improvement at grade five (from 42 to 48); 15 percentile points in grade eight (from 52 to 67); and 18 percentile points in grade 11 (from 33 to 51).

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SAT results: TOOELE SCHOOL DISTRICT

1991 1992 1993 CHANGE 1993 EXPECTED RANGE

FIFTH GRADE

Dugway 60 39 41 +2 44-68**

East Elementary 53 53 61 +8 44-69

Grantsville NA NA 45 NA 40-64

Harris 40 56 54 -2 35-58

Ibapah NA 31 13 -18 23-43**

Stansbury Park 50 60 58 -2 41-66

Central 40 44 58 +14 37-60

Vernon 61 69 79 +10 33-55*

West 32 44 40 -4 40-63

Total fifth grade 41 47 52 +5 46-61

EIGHTH GRADE

Dugway High 63 51 50 -1 43-63

Grantsville Middle 44 39 44 +5 37-57

Tooele Junior 51 48 50 +2 40-61

Wendover High 31 37 23 -14 34-55**

Total eighth grade 48 44 44 0 44-59

ELEVENTH GRADE

Dugway High 42 57 51 -6 44-63

Grantsville High 52 53 56 +3 43-63

Tooele High 51 50 53 +3 47-65

Tooele Valley*** 11 21 23 +8 42-61**

Wendover High 48 15 34 +13 37-56**

Total eleventh grade 51 48 52 +4 48-61

SAT results: NORTH SUMMIT SCHOOL DISTRICT

FIFTH

North Summit Middle 59 55 70 +15 48-73

EIGHTH

North Summit Middle 59 55 67 +12 44-65*

ELEVENTH

North Summit High 48 43 48 +5 48-66

*Above expected range, **Below expected range, ***Alternative high school