Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Making the grade

Through observing, experimenting and problem-solving, our students work towards understanding of science and math.  We know what they learn by what they demonstrate, explain, write, and build.  A standardized score is not often our measurement.

Exceptions are the New York State Regents exams.  Passing these tests puts our students into a higher level of science and math in high school.  Not passing isn't a failure, it just means that the topic needs more time to be mastered, so the student will take algebra or earth science again in 9th grade.  Students have special study sessions to prepare for the exams and in earth science they also must complete a specific number of labs. 

Students' scores this year in earth science: 95 high; 67 low; average: 90.  In algebra: 99 high, 68 low; average: 82.  Great job, kids and teachers!

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