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KAL students score well on Stanford-9 test

Pupils at the Kingman Academy of Learning fared well last spring during the annual administration of the Stanford-9 test.

"We were very pleased to see growth in second, third, fifth and sixth grades in reading," said Betty Rowe, director of the Kingman Academy of Learning.

"We were a little disappointed in fourth grade with math scores, but in general our math scores were good."

The test was given statewide to 619,280 children in grades 2-11.

Reading, language and math skills were subjects in which pupils were tested.

Scores are given in terms of percentiles.

They indicate the estimated percentage of students nationally scoring equal to or lower than the average performance indicated for the school and grade.

The accompanying graph tracks the progress of pupils in each of the three subject areas at the academy.

It reflects that fourth-graders scored 62 in math in the spring of 1999, but fell to 54 as fifth-graders on the test in the spring of 2000.

That was an area of disappointment for Rowe.

It should be noted that two classes improved in all three areas.

Second-graders went from 48 in reading, 42 in language and 43 in math during 1999 to 51 in reading, 49 in language and 48 in math as third-graders last spring.

Likewise, fifth-graders in 1999 went from 53 in reading, 43 in language and 54 in math to 57 in reading, 47 in language and 66 in math in 2000.

However, two classes posted lower scores in all three subject areas this past spring.

Fourth-graders went from 66 in reading, 57 in language and 62 in math during 1999 to 56 in reading, 47 in language and 54 in math in 2000.

Seventh-graders fell from 56 in reading and language and 65 in math in 1999 to 54 in reading, 52 in language and 64 in math last spring.

"Sometimes that happens," Rowe said.

"I hope those two grades will really improve next year.

"But we will continue to stress all language areas, including language usage, reading, writing and spelling, along with math," she said.

"We're a basic skills school, but a lot of our scores were in the 60s and that's very good."

The biggest gain of 15 percentile points was recorded in language.

Sixth-graders went from 47 in 1999 to 62 as seventh-graders in 2000.

Fourth-graders from 1999 experienced the biggest drop in scores as fifth-graders in 2000.

They went from 66 to 56 in reading, and from 57 to 47 in language.

"It will be a challenge for us to improve in areas next year where we feel we need to improve," Rowe said.

"But it will give us the opportunity to see if there are some skills we can teach better."