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School district sees need to boost SAT-10 test scores
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 19:03 PM

As part of the No Child Left Behind Act, the majority of students in a school district must pass standardized exams in order for the schools to receive funding and other acknowledgements. Those educational institutions that have not shown improvement in the number of students who pass the exams are often reprimanded by the government and are sometimes stripped of funding or ultimately shut down.

The Pikeland school district in Illinois is in the process of an education overhaul in order to help boost standardized test scores, according to the Quincy Herald-Whig. Assistant Superintendent Gary Woods said that attendance needs to be the focus in order to help boost scores. Woods pointed out the recent scores on the Stanford Achievement Tests in the district.

The news provider reports that while 86 percent of eighth graders posted either average or above average in reading and 85 percent had the same range of scores in math, only 62 percent of children in grades 3-8 posted high levels in math and 74 percent did the same in reading.

The Stanford Achievement Test is typically given in Alabama and Arkansas.



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