Though testing is far from over, we already are showing some solid finishes.
Our “unofficial” overall reading scores are running slightly ahead of last year’s. With 113 reading retests on tap for Friday, we can only gain more ground. So every reading retest counts, and we must do all we can to get as many over the proficiency bar on Friday’s final lap for reading as possible. And we recognize the staff is running hard each morning during remediation to do just that!
Our “unofficial” overall math scores are running significantly higher than last year’s. With 65 math retests on tap for Monday, we can also pick up prized ground here. And we applaud all who are chipping in to make the afternoon math tutoring a success.
Unfortunately, on the AYP racing circuit, it is not just overall scores–but also sub-group scores–that define our place on the podium. We are still in the race with EC and Econ Disadvantaged sub-groups in both reading and math. But they are projected to be photo-finishes at the wire.
Therefore, we can only do as we’ve done all year: dig in, give it our all, and keep our eyes on the prize of every student making growth…right up until the end.
In the words of the great football coach Vince Lombardi, “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”