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District faculty look to help pupils improve science scores

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Faculty members at both Alta Elementary School and Alta High School will be focusing more attention on improving the science skills of their students throughout the next few years after results from the 2001-02 Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development showed a dropoff in the number of students who were proficient or advanced in the subject.

Of the 47 eighth-grade students who took the ITBS test in 2001-02, 55.3 percent were proficient in science, while 8.5 percent scored at the advanced level. That was less than the 68.2 percent who were proficient and 6.8 percent who were advanced in 2000-01.

Of the 41 students in 11th grade who took the ITED test in 2001-02, 51.2 percent were proficient, while 9.8 percent scored at the advanced level. That was less than the 63.4 percent who were proficient and 7.3 percent who were advanced in 2000-01.

Proficient students are identified as those who score at or above the 40th percentile on the tests.

Data shows science scores in the district for both grade levels were both above the national average of 50 percent proficient, however, a trend that has been in place in Alta each of the past four years of available data.

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