Testing is over. I feel like this year was a mixed bag. We still have about ten who need to finish, so all results aren't in. It looks like about 91% will meet standards. That leaves about 8% who were below standards, will require remedial work in the fall, and need a retesting at the end of the fall semester. Last year, only 2% fell into that category.
The good news is that 78% of the students (so far) finished in the top two levels (exceeds or exemplary)--the most ever!
I'm happy, but not thrilled. I keep looking ahead to see what No Child Behind is requiring of us in the next few years. It is going to get tough to meet their standards in a year or two. And by 2014--every child has to meet standards. It is a little overwhelming when I try to figure out what else I can do to help them achieve. It may be a cop out, but do you think I can retire by then?? I'm kidding! (I think!)