Eagle students improve on Terra Nova test

GOLDEN VALLEY - Despite disparities in language and math scores between grade levels, EAGLE Academy Principal Mary Stuart was pleased with results of the spring administration of the Terra Nova test.

"Our students showed improvement over last year," Stuart said. "Growth also was reflected in longitudinal scores, so we'll continue intense intervention.Longitudinal scores draw comparisons between scores from one year to the next. They were good in reading and math, she said.

Terra Nova is a norm-referenced test given nationwide to children in grades 2 and 9. Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards test contains Terra Nova "embedded" questions that are scored and results released for students in grades 3-8.

Scores are presented as percentiles. The higher the percentile score, the better students performed in that grade level and subject.

Language testing showed the widest scoring range, from 18 among EAGLE's third-graders, up to 56 in fourth-grades.

Math scores also varied widely, from 20 in third grade to 48 in second grade.

"Our second-grade math results were very pleasing," Stuart said. "We have a lot of special-needs children, nearly 25 percent in third grade and that was reflected in those scores."

Eagle students in grades 4, 6 and 7 scored at the 50th percentile or higher in reading. However, that was not the subject most heavily emphasized last year.

"We've been emphasizing reading for years," she said. "But we also emphasized math and had small group tutoring in math."

Math will be the subject emphasized in all grade levels this year, Stuart said.

Terra Nova results may be viewed on the state Department of Education Web site at www.ade.state.az.us. Go to the Accountability file and click "AIMS." Scroll down to norm-referenced test and click. Go to the first bullet under Terra Nova results and click AIMS Report Wizard.