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APS: Latest test results show more work needed in Math

Submitted by on June 17, 2019 – 12:56 amNo Comment

The latest round of in-house testing shows some students at Alpena Public Schools are doing well in reading but most of them continue to struggle in math.

The school district administers the computerized Northwest Evaluation Association test, or NWEA, three times a year at all grade levels.

Teachers and students like the test because it provides nearly immediate results. Administering the test three times a year also allows administrators and teachers to track student improvement over the school year.

The district recently shared results of the spring test for grade levels 3-8. They revealed that 3rd graders improved dramatically in reading since the fall test. Kids in 8th grade improved a little bit while students in 4th through 7th grade either remained the same or fell a bit.

Third graders also did well in math, scoring above the national average. But students in 4th through 7th grade didn’t score as well as in the fall, and are well below the national level.

Meaghan Gauthier is the director of K-12 education for APS and told a board of education committee the district has some additional strategies in the pipeline to try and improve math scores.