1/30/12 School board to get test scores update

School board to get test scores update

The Times-News 1/30/12     
Reprinted with permission.

 Alamance-Burlington Board of Education members will get an update on student test scores when they meet tonight.

 Written information distributed in advance of the meeting shows high school test scores for the first semester of 2011-12 were up in biology and down slightly in English, compared to 2010-11. The average Algebra I score was also down slightly. But it does not include results from the system’s eighth graders, who take the test at the end of the school year. Typically, inclusion of eighth-grade scores boosts the average score since students in that grade taking Algebra I tend to be high achievers in math.

 The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the school system’s administrative offices at 1712 Vaughn Road in Burlington.

 Among other items on the agenda, the board:

  • Will have a closed meeting to discuss a lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of Dexter Ray, a Woodlawn Middle School student who died in 2009. It alleges school officials allowed him to participate in physical education although they had been told by his mother and doctors he was not to be involved in those activities because of a medical condition.
  • Will get information about a revised policy about how teachers are to be evaluated by principals.
  • Will hear an update about federally funded efforts to improve student achievement at Eastlawn Elementary School.
  • Will review information about a grant to start a schoolbased health center at Sylvan Elementary School.
  • Will hear a presentation on the Career and College Promise program that makes changes to how high school students can take community college courses.