Niagara Gazette

Lewiston

July 1, 2013

Middle school test scores on the rise at Lew-Port

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Niagara Gazette — The growth at the level brought praise from Superintendent R. Christopher Roser.

“There was huge growth from where these students were as third graders,” he said. “Last year’s results were average at best. These students have done exceptionally well in the new curriculum.”

With the common core focus on ELA and math instruction, standards and growth models have spent less time changing for science instruction.

Despite the alternate focus, the IEC’s science results last year also brought praise. Compared to like districts, Lew-Port was able to hold its own, recording zero scores of one and only eight twos, a total of 6 percent of the grade level. By comparison, 72 percent scored mastery level four as 104 students topped the charts.

“Science is probably our best subject in the school right now,” Auer said.

With all the success in students improving their scores and showing growth from year to year, the district still ran into a slight problem. According to results, the state’s sub-category of students who are economically disadvantaged in the district failed to make adequate yearly progress in math.

The school tested 114 students which qualify for the sub-category.

Though it won’t affect the district yet, there could be some ramifications in the long-term future if the figures remain below expectations. Auer said the solution will require implementing more intervention techniques to identify which students are struggling and maintain a consistent curriculum, thanks to the district’s new investment in common core-based programs.

The loss of a math specialist due to budget cuts doesn’t help, though.

“This means more responsibility on the classroom teacher to implement our intervention plan,” he said.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251, or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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