Testing, data helping students, teachers improve
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The state's largest school system has received national recognition for raising the test scores of poor and minority students, especially on the elementary level.
The Press-Register reports (http://bit.ly/M7iab4) in Mobile County, intensive intervention and counseling are part of the solution to help struggling students. The system is part of a growing trend in schools to study student data and use that data to determine which students or teachers need extra help.
Every student, from kindergarten through 12th grade, takes standardized end-of-quarter tests that count for 10 to 20 percent of their report card grades.
No Child Left Behind, signed into law in 2001, has brought a greater emphasis on standardized testing. Underperforming schools are labeled as such and after a few years must offer student transfers and could be restaffed.
Information from: Press-Register, http://www.al.com/press-register/