Assistant Superintendent Beth Sumner, Trigg Primary School Principal Ann Taylor, Trigg County Intermediate School Principal Brian Futrell, Trigg County Middle School Principal James Mangels and Trigg County High School Principal Neal Cummins all spoke about the schools’ scores on the Thinklink, GRADE and GMADE tests. Sumner also discussed an audit of the school system’s mathematics program.
While the test results were mostly positive, there were some areas in the various schools that could use improvement, Sumner and the principals agreed.
The GRADE and GMADE tests are meant to be diagnostic exams to test students’ abilities in reading and math, respectively, while the Thinklink exam is meant to be a predictor of how well students will do on the spring exam, said Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis.
The mathematics audit, performed by Ronda Black and Carole McWilliam of Baldwin, Black and McWilliam Associates, made several findings and several recommendations as to how the schools could improve their math programs, but also gave the district several commendations.
Among its commendations, the audit praised the Trigg County School system for meeting all of its 16 target goals on the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress Report for two consecutive years, for its “positive attitude concerning improvement of instruction,” for purchasing graphing calculators, and for their involvement with the community.
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