Pupils in the lower grade levels at Eagle Academy in Golden Valley made hefty strides when they took the spring Stanford-9 test.
Third- and fifth-graders registered double-digit increases in their percentile scores in all subject areas tested, compared with their scores a year earlier in second and fourth grades.
Pupils in third grade improved 16 percentile points in reading, 21 points in language and 19 points in math.
Fifth-graders improved by 17 points in reading, 16 in language and 10 in math.
Attempts to contact Eagle officials for comment on the test results were unsuccessful.
Stanford-9 is a standardized national test that measures reading, language and math skills.
Percentile scores rank pupils' performance compared with a "norming group" for each grade and subject.
A score of 50 puts a school at the national average.
The test determines how, for example, a second-grader in 2002 improved in each test area as a third-grader in 2003.
The accompanying graph reflects scores of Eagle pupils from the spring test.
One other sharp increase was noted.
Fourth-graders improved their math scores by 11 points over the previous year when they were in third grade.
However, not all of the news was good.
Ninth-graders fell 32 points in reading, going from 57 in 2002 as eighth-graders to 25 as high school freshmen in 2003.
Language was even more difficult with three of seven grades falling more than 10 points from the preceding year.
Sixth-graders declined 19 points in language in 2003 and ninth-graders dropped 20 points.
Eighth-graders lost half their language proficiency with a 27 score in 2003 after making a 54 total as seventh-graders in 2002.
Fourth-graders made gains in all three subjects.
Seventh-graders ran the testing gamut.
They improved five points in language, matched their previous year's score in reading, and fell four points in math.