Friday, August 04, 2000

Test scores skewed, superintendent says

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SILVER GROVE — Some recently released test scores for a national basic skills test didn't accurately reflect the performance of Silver Grove Independent Schools, Superintendent Bill Brown said.

        The district's overall score on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills, released Tuesday by the Kentucky Department of Education, included students from the Phoenix School, an alternative school for at-risk students. The program is a cooperative effort among several Northern Kentucky school districts; Silver Grove, however, is the school's district of record.

        So students from the alterna tive school were included in Silver Grove's test results, said Scott Trimble, associate commissioner for assessment and accountability for the state Education Department.

        While that was only a handful of students, the scores for Silver Grove, whose enrollment is about 300 students, were skewed, Mr. Trimble said.

        Silver Grove's schools ranked in the 40th percentile for third-graders, 52nd percentile for sixth-graders and in the 49th percentile for ninth-graders.

        However, the district totals for these groups, which included the Phoenix School, reported in the 39th percentile for third- and sixth-graders and 45th percentile for ninth-graders.


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