The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Eldorado PSAE testing show positive trend

  • At the regular board meeting of Eldorado school board English teacher Miranda Cain presented the school's results for 2013 Prairie State Achievement Examinations.
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  • At the regular board meeting of Eldorado school board English teacher Miranda Cain presented the school's results for 2013 Prairie State Achievement Examinations.
    "Our state scores are up," she said, presenting a summary sheet for scores in math, reading and science.
    "Our Prairie State scores look good," said Superintendent Ryan Hobbs.
    The summary sheet showed that the number of students who tested below average were declining. The number of students achieved the average level or exceeded it were increasing.
    "We had a great group of juniors in 2013 and other classes look good for 2014. We can expect to continue to go up," said Cain.
    Hobbs noted, "We had only 12 students on academic warning. That is the stat that stuck out the most."
    Math teacher Cody Cusic gave a presentation of the Math Department Improvement Plan for 2013-14.
    "If we want to progress we need technology to score practice tests. When we scored a practice ACT test by hand it took us three weeks. We can't put that much time into scoring if we are teaching. We need a Scantron machine to automate scoring," he said.
    According to the report the machine will cost $750 annually.
    Four goals were named for the math department:
    Increase data analysis and assessment of math students;
    Increase intervention strategies in math;
    Improve materials and curriculum in the math department at the high school;
    Improve availability of knowledge of math concepts and increase community involvement.
    This plan included the purchase of graphing calculators and the creation of Family Math Night.
    Board President Keith Ogelsby said, "I am ready to make a motion to purchase the calculators tonight, but I want some assurance of student accountability for them."
    English teacher Miranda Cain presented English School Improvement Plan.
    Four goals were named for the English Department:
    Department workshops to help teachers help students to meet or exceed standards;
    Curriculum Alignment;
    Parental Involvement.
    "The only way to get better at reading is to practice reading," said Cain.
    "We need more copies of novels for the reading program and we need participation of the parents and students at Family Reading Night at the public library.
    "Also I would like to see adults come in and talk to the students about how important
    education is in their daily lives."
    Additionally, a number of consultants were recommended to help both the math and English departments improve scores at the high school.
    In other business:
    Architect Ed Kerhover gave a report on the progress of physical improvement at the high school gym and the middle school and elementary school.
    The board accepted the resignations of school bus driver Mack Mugge and middle school and high school baseball coach Richard Ozment.
    Page 2 of 2 - The board approved the hiring of Michelle Bradley, school bus driver Julie Unthank, teacher Karen Dunaway, part time math teacher Larry Pearson and part time dean of high school students Greg Goodley.
    Approved a request from the Eldorado Mens Club for help with their Aug. 20 blood drive.
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