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Schools reflect on state test scores

By on November 29, 2017 at 1:48 pm

After years of taking the state-funded ACT as a college entrance exam, Illinois schools experimented with the SAT for the first time last school year. The results of the test recently became public for schools in Monroe County and show varying results.

For the most recent results, the Columbia School District touts an improved average composite score on the PARCC. Fifty-seven percent of students met or exceeded expectations compared to 55 percent of students for the 2015-16 school year.

According to Columbia school assistant superintendent Dr. Beth Horner, professional learning standards and teachers of different grade levels working together has helped improve results. 

“It is difficult to pinpoint a specific item that caused this increase as there are so many variables that go into testing,” Horner said. “However, I can say that our teachers continue to diligently work to refine the implementation of the Illinois Learning Standards. 

“We continue to analyze our ‘pathways’ that we offer to our students. We are proud of our scores as it indicates a collaborative effort from our teachers, students and parents.”

Read how the rest of the area schools fared on their SAT scores in the November 29  issue of the Republic-Times.

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Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years.