School out next Wednesday

Friday, October 3, 2003

This coming Wednesday, Oct. 8, school will not be in session in the Marshall School District as this will be a day of teacher in-service.

During the day, the teachers of the district will review the MAP test scores from last year. In addition to simply reviewing the scores, our staff will look at the individual items or skills on each of our MAP tests and they will analyze how well that our students have done on each skill in each of the past three years.

Our intent in all of this is to determine which skills our students have continually done well on as well as identify the skills that our students are falling down on.

We will also try to evaluate course content and course sequence to make sure the skills that students aren't doing well on are being taught at the right times and with the right amount of frequency.

We will also look at such things as student motivation toward doing well on the MAP test, review techniques and test-taking strategies.

Sometimes students know test content pretty well but they need some review on how to take a standardized test.

After our teachers analyze our MAP scores and evaluate each individual tested skill, we will have them develop a detailed plan of how to improve performance on the skills that we haven't done well on.

How were our MAP scores?

Over the past five years, we have seen a steady trend of improvement in most areas on the MAP test. However, this past year our scores somewhat leveled off and we didn't see the improvement that we have seen in some recent years.

This is the main reason why we need to carefully analyze our data and determine which areas that we are doing well on as well as which areas that improvement is needed.

Our students and our staff all work very hard in preparing for the MAP test and I certainly applaud them for their efforts.

We continually want to improve and that is our main goal, so we need to keep looking at ways to do even better.

How important is the MAP test?

The MAP test is probably the single most important districtwide assessment that we give.

The accreditation status of our district depends largely on how well our students do on the MAP test, so it is important. The MAP is also the main determination in the state of Missouri that determines whether our students meet the requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" legislation, so we need to continue working to see that our students do as well as possible on the MAP test.

Oct. 8 last day to register to vote

This Wednesday, Oct. 8, will be the last date for a person to register for the Nov. 4 election. In order to vote, a person must be a citizen, must reside here and must be at least 18 years old.

A person may register at the county clerk's office at the Saline County Courthouse.