Eagle students soar on Standard-9 test <BR>

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.