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"CK students above national, state averages"

"Spring 2000 test scores in the Central Kitsap School District are about the same as in previous years, which still leaves students here above state and national averages.Assistant Superintendent Steve Chappuis said scores from three different tests show students doing well on a variety of topics. Second, third and sixth grade students who took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) scored at or above previous years, with two exceptions: second grade and sixth grade reading scores both dropped slightly. Chappuis expressed surprise at the sixth grade reading drop.I'm not sure how to explain it yet, Chappuis said. We'll have to look at the building (where the drops occurred) and other factors before we change anything. However, CK elementary students scored in the 60th percentile nationally. The ITBS is what Chappuis called a norm-referenced multiple choice test, meaning they are produced so that all scores will fall into a bell curve, with the average student scoring 50 percent.It gets harder and harder to get a higher score since they are designed to have very few students get high scores, Chappuis said.Results from the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED), which was given to ninth graders, were similar. District ninth graders scored at or above 62 percent of their classmates nationwide.Another test of second graders, the Direct Observation and Oral Reading (DOOR) examination, showed gradual improvement, Chappuis said. At the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year, 84 percent of students passed the test; by the end of the year, 90 percent passed. Chappuis said results of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, the state-mandated standardized test, will be made available in August."

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