Red Bud School Board hears report on improved test scores

RECOGNIZED AT MEETING–Several students and a teacher were recognized at the Feb. 22 Red Bud Board of Education meeting. Pictured with the school board members are those that were in attendance that evening: (not in order) elementary students Isabel Billingsley and Kruz Koester; elementary teacher Stacy Bradley; high school wrestling team members Pierce Heizer and Caleb Bass; and Academic Challenge Team members Dylan Roscow, Owen Fahey, Sophia Liefer, Ethan Fritsche and Alex Sievers.

Good news and recognitions were the highlights of the Feb. 21 Red Bud Board of Education meeting.

Curriculum Director Dustin Nail had very good news to share with the board during his administrator report.

He noted that he has received the results from this year’s eighth grade PSAT tests. “I am pleased to see scores this year that are above the state.”

Last year, Red Bud eighth graders did well on the English portion of the test, but had lower scores for math. This year, overall the students scored 24 points higher than the state average, with 73 percent meeting the benchmark in English and 49 percent in math. The English score is 10 percent higher than the state and the math score is five percent higher.

“Things the teachers are doing are showing returns,” Nail told the board. “The teachers are growing the kids in the right direction. We want to keep them growing.”

Nail also showed the board some data generated through the AIMSweb assessment testing for the third and eighth grades in math. He compared the data from the beginning of the school year to the winter benchmark tests. Both groups showed notable growth and improved progress.

“I feel it’s important to note we’re seeing progress, we will keep working on it though,” Nail said. 

For more from the Board of Education meeting, please see this week’s print edition.