TRHS focus will shift toward math

Significant growth in area of reading/writing

THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers High School principal Carrie Balk presented a quarterly report to the school board at their meeting Monday, Dec. 5.
“During the 2015-2016 school year, significant growth in the area of reading/writing occurred,” she said. “Evidence from the NWEA MAP Scores (Spring 2016) as well as the SAT (Spring 2016) represent a 68 percent proficiency level in English Language Arts (state average 60 percent). This is directly related to the building-wide focus that has been placed on the areas of reading and writing.
“However, only 31 percent of students taking the 2015-2016 SAT were proficient in math, which is below the state average. As a result, Three Rivers High School will maintain focus on reading/writing while, at the same time, shifting a building-wide focus toward foundational math content through the creation of SLOs (Student Learning Objectives) and classroom-level instruction and assessment across the building. In addition, building a K-12 math team and creating a guaranteed and viable cohesive math curriculum is a desire of the high school administration.
“Fall 2016 NWEA MAP data for incoming ninth grade students shows a similar trend as it relates to reading/writing and math. The college readiness established through the NWEA/ACT comparative data show our students are nearing college readiness in ELA but not in math. However, we typically see significant catch-up growth in ninth and 10th grade with students increasing, on average, eight points which is the equivalent of four years’ growth based on the two point per year standard.”
She also gave a number of school highlights:
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