Low turnout at test review, hopes for more next time
by Hawkins Teague
Jan 10, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As part of the continuing effort to raise test scores and get out the No Child Left Behind Tier Three status, Trigg County schools are holding five different review sessions for students and parents. They are calling the events “Do You Know Your CATS?” CATS refers to the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, which is given in April.

The first session was held in several different rooms in the middle school on Jan. 4., and turnout was fairly low. Superintendent Tim McGinnis said he was disappointed hoped attendance would pick up in the remaining four sessions.

“Parents need to realize that the education that was good enough when they were younger doesn’t make today’s standards,” McGinnis said. “We’re competing in a global economy and job market. Students need the higher skills that are demanded and parents need to be better informed of the expectations.”

The review sessions are focusing on how to best answer open response questions. McGinnis said that the Voluntary Partnership Assistance Team that has been working with the schools has been looking at the test data to figure out where the students come short. What they have found is that the students are good at mastering content but have a hard time answering the written questions in the way they are expected, he said. McGinnis also said that the principal of Daviess County’s Highland Elementary School told him recently that the average open response question is graded in 23 seconds. Because of this, it is important for students to know the process of answering the question and know the vocabulary they need to use. Those that score the questions should be able to see right away that the student is knowledgeable

Trigg County High School Principal Chad Pruitt reiterated this point.

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