School district shows higher than average scores in writing
Carbon School District fifth and eighth graders did better than the rest of the state when it comes to Direct Writing Assessment tests given this last school year.
Overall the district's fifth grade students got a 25.6 overall compared to a state average of 23.3 for the state and the districts eighth graders scored a 25.2 which was above the Utah school average of 23.5. Overall there are 30 points possible on the tests.
"This is one of the last years that this assessment will be done," said Carbon District Superintendent Steve Carlsen. "The year after next this will be included in the SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence) tests that will be given. That will include everyone in grades three through 11."
But for now these scores show the district is riding high on the horse with scores that are vastly better than the state average.
Students who are tested have 45 minutes each to write on a subject both in an argumentative form and in a persuasive form.
School scores individually for various campus' include Bruin Point with a 26.7, Castle Heights with 24.8, Creekview with 26.4, Sally Mauro with 24.2 and Wellington with 27.4.
For the two junior high eighth grade classes the averages were Helper with a 26 and Mont Harmon with a 25.
According to the test measurement all schools in the district scored in the Substantial category, which is the top category of scores from 24 to 30.
"We are very happy with these scores," said Carlsen. "Our students did well on this test."
While these scores were presented at the regular school board meeting on June 17, Carlson had just returned from a state superintendents meeting where these very tests were discussed.
"There is a lot of questions and when you get together with 41 superintendents they have many points of view about it," he said. "Interestingly enough it seems time limits on the writing doesn't seem to change the scores all that much."
He related that tests have been done where some students get 45 minutes while others get 100 minutes and the scores between the groups doesn't vary much.
How the new testing will affect this, with more students in more grades taking the exam, is unknown but Carlsen says he is confident the district will do well in the category.