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PAWS scores show mixed results for Arapahoe schools

Sep 6, 2013 - From staff reports

Scores were mixed for Arapahoe students on this year's Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, but most grade levels tested worse in 2012-2013 than in the year before.

The annual PAWS test measures student progress in grades 3-8 in reading, math and science. Data from the testing is used to determine whether students are progressing toward federal and state educational goals as outlined through Adequate Yearly Progress and the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act.

In the third grade, students were 33 percent proficient and advanced in math this year and 20 percent proficient and advanced in reading. Last year that age group was 39 percent proficient and advanced in math and 34 percent proficient and advanced in reading.

Fourth-graders were 54 percent proficient and advanced in math this year, 46 percent proficient and advanced in reading and 23 percent proficient and advanced in science. Last year, the numbers were 56 percent, 59 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

In 2012-13, fifth-graders were measured at 51 percent proficient and advanced in math and 34 percent proficient and advanced in reading. Last year 61 percent of students were proficient and advanced in both subjects.

The sixth grade did see improvement in math scores this year. That age group was 42 percent proficient and advanced in math in 2012-13, up from 39 percent in 2011-12. Reading scores went down though, from 64 percent proficient and advanced last year to 53 percent this year.

Seventh-grade scores were down in both subjects, from 63 percent proficient and advanced in math last year to 37 percent this year, and from 59 percent proficient and advanced in reading last year to 48 percent this year.

The eighth grade had an increase in math and math and reading scores, though science results were lower this year. In 2012-13 eighth-graders at Arapahoe were 37 percent proficient and advanced in math, up from 24 percent last year, and in reading 63 percent were proficient and advanced compared to 62 percent last year. In science, however, only 16 percent were proficient and advanced this year compared to 38 percent last year.

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