GHS Students Score Big on State Tests
Each spring, students take state-mandated tests to assess their educational progress. Different grades of students take different tests depending on the subject areas in which they are enrolled. Grenada High School students are required to pass SATP (Subject Area Testing Program) exams in order to graduate. Core subjects tested include English II, Biology, U.S. History, and Algebra I. Scores on these exams determine the educational ranking level of each school.
GHS teachers and administrative staff have worked together to develop a program to increase students’ learning and also to motivate students to do well on these exams. This program consists of tutoring programs, subject-area remediation for struggling students, and reward systems.
This year, the scores of Grenada High School English II and Algebra I students reached record levels. Scores for Biology have not been released at this time. U.S. History scores reached goal levels. Teachers and students participating in these exams are to be commended for their exemplary efforts! One student, Tiara Watson, completed every question on the Algebra I exam correctly! For her incredible undertaking, Watson was rewarded with a $100 gift card.
The reward system for students involved in SATP testing was designed to motivate and encourage students to excel on the exams. While the system rewards high scorers, it also rewards students who show growth. This growth is based on students’ scores from the eighth grade MCT II. Prior to this school year only English and Algebra students’ growth could be measured due to the fact that Biology and U.S. History were not tested at the eighth-grade level. The 2010 – 2011 school year was the first time that eighth graders were tested in Biology. Due to this fact, growth will be measured in GHS students who take the Biology SATP this spring because there will be a previous score to compare.
The reward system in place at Grenada High is based upon the following:
Congratulations to all of the high scoring/high growth students at GHS, and thank you to the teachers who worked diligently to ensure the success of all of the students involved in testing.
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