After examining results from the spring administration of the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test, director Betty Rowe of the Kingman Academy of Learning said she was surprised in some areas, glad in others.
"I was pleased to see as a school we exceeded scores for the state of Arizona in almost every area and the other district (Kingman Elementary School District) here in town," Rowe said.
"I'm not totally pleased, just glad we excelled more than the state and district 4."
Pupils in grades 3, 5 and 8 were tested for the first time in the spring.
Arizona academic standards are clear and concise statements of what pupils are expected to know and be able to do.
Each standard defines what pupils should be capable of accomplishing at different grade levels: readiness (kindergarten); foundations (grades 1-3); essentials (grades 4-8); and proficiency (grades 9-12).
Scale scores range from 200 to 800 in each content area, but scores are not comparable between content areas and cannot be averaged.
Reading is the subject most highly emphasized in the past at the KAL and the subject in which pupils posted the best scores, as depicted in the accompanying graph.
Among third-graders, 81 percent taking the test met or exceeded the standards.
Seventy-five percent of fifth-graders and 59 percent of eighth-graders met or exceeded the standards.
"I was very pleased with our third grade reading scores," Rowe said.
"I thought we might be a little higher in math there, but this was the first year of testing and it gives us something to work on.
"Fifth grade was a little lower than I expected in writing and math.
It indicates to us areas we need to work on, but I feel our students will do better."
In eighth grade, the 59 percent of pupils taking the reading test that met or exceeded the standard was lower than the 70 percent or higher figure Rowe said she would like to see.
"We need to emphasize work on writing in eighth grade and become more aware of what is expected on AIMS," she said.
"But I feel the test gave us some real parameters to emphasize."
Rowe said she was surprised just 22 percent of KAL eighth-graders taking the math test met or exceeded the standards, adding pupils did better on the Stanford-9 test in math than on AIMS.