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KUSD pupils improve, says state report

Pupils in the Kingman Unified School District made some impressive gains in Measure of Academic Progress scores for 2003 over one year earlier.

The state Department of Education examines Stanford-9 test scores for two consecutive years in calculating Measure of Academic Progress, or MAP, numbers, which deal with progress in reading and math for children in grades three through eight.

The report includes all children who were at the same school and took the Stanford-9 test in 2002 and 2003.

The accompanying graphs show gains made by grade level for each school in the district.

Improvement ranged from 42 percent of third-graders at Palo Christi improving their reading scores to 93 percent of sixth-graders at Manzanita Elementary School improving their math scores.

"We're very pleased with the scores," assistant superintendent Betsy Parker said.

"Our students are showing continual growth and it shows the principals are meeting their goals to get toward 100 percent improvement."

Six of eight schools had one or more grades with 80 percent of children or more who improved in one of the two subjects.

Those 80 percent or greater gains were posted by: sixth-graders in math and seventh- and eighth-graders in reading at Black Mountain School; fourth- and sixth-graders in math at Cerbat Elementary School; third- and sixth-graders in math and fourth-graders in reading at La Senita Elementary School; fourth- and sixth-graders in math and fourth-graders in reading at Manzanita; fourth- and sixth-graders in math and fifth- and sixth-graders in reading at Mount Tipton School; and sixth-graders in math at Palo Christi School.

"It's too bad the state can't do MAP scores with AIMS (Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards) testing because that would make the most sense," Parker said.

"But the philosophy of MAP is excellence because it measures kids who have been there two years.

It offers good help to teachers and principals in goal setting."