James Madison High: Taks Report

So too has this been true for male students as a whole population, as they have experienced ongoing declines in reader, social studies and science.

4. What are you doing as a school to improve the tested subject areas?

These groups will be subjected to greater scrutiny as the school seeks to offer some resolution to such declines. Especially in reading and science where assistance appears to be absolutely necessary, the department chair will use elective classes as an opportunity to remove students in need from class and offer them intense one-on-one instruction in writing, reading and vocabulary. This training diversion will occur across six weeks, with a test at the beginning and a retest at the end to measure and profile individual progress in subjects of the greatest need.

Among these subjects, science is clearly that subject area, with declines for the entire school, for all groups, and even for those which have excelled in other areas.

For those which have struggled, this area has presented the greatest difficulty with severe declinations of success rate impacting Hispanic students and males. The projected approach should help to pinpoint ways of meeting these shortcomings through students of the greatest need.

6. How is your school addressing NCLB (No Child Left Behind) standards?

NCLB is largely a program underscored by a focus on testing and student profiling. Therefore, the above noted method, comprised of parameters for evaluation testing, is coupled with a promise to pay greater levels of individual focus to students in need. Once groups such as males and Hispanics have been identified as being in particular need, individual classroom performances will draw the attention of instructors and administrators, who will be seeking to ensure that all students are able to perform at the most basic level. Where such is absent, a testing regimen will be underscored by close administrative scrutiny..

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