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Scott students improve test scores in 19 subjects

Holly Viers • Updated Jun 14, 2018 at 1:10 PM

GATE CITY — Students and teachers in Scott County have much to be proud of after this school year.

Based on numbers that were compiled June 5, average test scores in Scott County Public Schools improved this year in 19 out of 28 subject areas, many of which are math- and science-related.

Superintendent John Ferguson shared the numbers with the Scott County Board of Supervisors during its regular meeting on Wednesday. He added that the numbers include both Standards of Learning tests at the elementary level and end-of-course tests at the high school level.

By the numbers

Some of the largest performance increases between the last school year and this one occurred in the following subjects:

• Geometry: 74.63 percent in 2017 to 92.2 percent in 2018

• Grade three math: 79.1 percent in 2017 to 89.84 percent in 2018

• Grade three reading: 74.8 percent in 2017 to 83.4 percent in 2018

• EOC writing: 79.4 percent in 2017 to 88.19 percent in 2018

• Biology: 78.52 percent in 2017 to 84.42 percent in 2018

• Grade seven math: 78.31 percent in 2017 to 84.49 percent in 2018

Other subjects that saw performance increases were Algebra I, chemistry, civics and economics, earth science, EOC reading, grade four math, grade four reading, grade five math, grade five science, grade seven reading, grade eight reading, grade eight science and Virginia studies.

Moving forward

BOS members David Redwine and Danny Mann commended Ferguson and the teachers and students for making such significant improvements.

Ferguson added that while the school system still has goals and areas in which it hopes to improve, he’s proud of the progress that’s been made over the last school year.

“Our teachers work extremely hard,” Ferguson said. “Our parents are very supportive of what’s going on with them in schools, and our students do an excellent job.”

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