Valley Falls schools to celebrate state assessment test results
by Clarke Davis
The test scores were exemplary across the board and both buildings received building-wide standard of excellence in all subject areas except one.
What the party will consist of is still unknown but administrators know they have to recognize the students and faculty for their accomplishments.
The grades tested last spring were grades 3 through 8 and 11 for reading and math and 4, 7, and 11 for science. Only the high school science failed to get the highest ranking.
“This is verification that the programs we have put in place are working,” said Susan Grey, elementary principal.
Those programs include faculty committees who align subject matter from top to bottom — kindergarten through grade 12—and a multi-tiered system of support for students.
Grey and high school Principal Jacques Molleker said the teachers have developed the curriculum and made it seamless through the grades so that it meets all the standards.
The students who need extra help are identified early and given that help, Grey said.
“And students who need more help and are still stuggling are given even more attention,” she said.
Superintendent Loren Feldkamp said it takes the entire community working together and cited parents and the Parent-Teacher Organization who also play a strong role.
“These things don’t happen by accident,” Feldkamp said. “It takes everyone working together.”
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