Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
District Students Perform Well on Achievement Tests, Official Tells School Board
Students in the Kirkwood School District performed above average on this year's Stanford Achievement Test, the Missouri Mastery Achievement Test and in the 1996 Writing Assessment, school officials report.
Mike Eldridge, Kirkwood's director of student services, presented results of the tests to the school board last week.
The Stanford Achievement Test assesses students in the fourth, sixth and eighth grades in science, social studies, math, reading and language. It tests first- and second-graders in reading and math and sophomores in all areas except social studies and science. Kirkwood's test scores for all grade levels in all subjects were above the 50th percentile, Eldridge says. Fourth- and sixth-graders scored in the 78th percentile; eighth-graders scored in the 62nd percentile; sophomores scored in the 65th percentile. Students in the fourth and sixth grades did better on the complete SAT battery this year than students in those grades last year. Eighth-grade scores were lower this year than last year, and sophomores scored about the same each year. Test results showed that black students scored significantly lower than white students in all grades and in all subject areas. On the MMAT, test scores this year were higher than the previous year's scores. …