There was much to praise in the school district this week as the results came from the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System and the school system was listed as an Exemplary Growth System. Wanda Helm, who works on test preparation coordination for the Russell County School District delivered a glowing report on the schools' progress. "There is a lot to be proud about," she said, referring them to papers on their desk.. The board's packets contained reports showing that almost all of the elementary schools scored in excess of 100 in nearly every area tested. Jamestown scored 110 overall while Salem scored 106.2 and 101.7 was the overall score for Union Chapel. Russell Springs Elementary pulled in a 95.9 overall but was at or above 100 in many of the areas tested. She said that overall the elementary students in the district scored 106.1. This placed the local elementary schools ahead of all of the other districts in this region. The target of a 100 score has been set for the state as the target, for scores in 2014. She added that the test results for the middle school were ranked in the top half of the other middle schools in the district, and they are progressing toward the goal. She said the high school scores are also improving and that both schools were working toward improving even more. Overall the high school reported a fifth place standing with an 84.2 cumulative score. In reading the high school was 18th in the region with an 87.4 and in math they were 20th with a 62.1 while a 77.9 in science earned the school a seventh place position. Superintendent Scott Pierce said he was proud of the results and said all of the schools have something to be proud of in their scores. He attributed the successes to the students, their parents and teachers all putting in the effort necessary. "This is a major, major, thing that they have achieved," Pierce said singling out the elementary schools for particular praise. For all of them to meet or exceed the goals for 2014 in the 2007-08 school year was an exceptional accomplishment. He said the other schools are working toward this goal, and that work along with time would continue to show improvement. Pierce mentioned that many people forget that the students taking the elementary school test last year are not the same students that took it the year before or those who will take it this year. Keeping the people and programs in place that have lead to prior success will insure elementary scores continue to remain out ahead of other districts. At the same time those students have a solid base on which to build success in the higher grades' tests. The overall score for the high school was 84.2 while an 81.1 was the overall from the middle school. Both were ranked as progressing and all of the elementary schools were listed as meeting goals.
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