Eudora Schools receives 17 state Standards of Excellence
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
Eudora Schools students and staff members earned 17 Standards of Excellence in 2012 from the Kansas State Department of Education, including eight building-level awards for Eudora Elementary, Eudora Middle School and Eudora High School.
The Standard of Excellence is awarded to schools where a larger percentage of the students score in higher performance categories and fewer score in the lower tiers. Eudora schools received recognition for reading in third through eighth grades, as well as building-level awards at all three schools. Math scores were recognized with Standards of Excellence in third, seventh and eighth grades, and with building-level awards in each of the three schools. In addition, seventh grade was awarded a Standard of Excellence for science, and Eudora High School received a building-level award for history-government.
“Day in and day out, our teachers and students work hard to prepare for state assessments, and I am so proud of their achievements," said Superintendent of Schools Don Grosdidier. "It has become particularly challenging to sustain student success during a period of time when we have fewer dollars to spend in the classroom and fewer staff members available in our schools."
This is the first year in some time that AYP, or Adequate Yearly Progress, measurements were not made in Kansas districts, due to the waiver that the state received last summer for a portion of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The 2012 test results were a continuation of the success Eudora students have had on state assessments for several years. Last year the district achieved 16 Standards of Excellence and six building-level awards.
“Eudora is not a wealthy district,” Grosdidier said, “but our staff team is second to none, and these results illustrate the hard work they do all year long to help every child find success. We believe every child, regardless of background, deserves an outstanding public education, and that is what we strive to deliver.”
He added that, even in grades or subject areas that did not receive the Standard of Excellence, test scores indicate that the district is performing well.
|Subject Area||% of Kansas students scoring at "meets standard" or above||% of Eudora Schools students scoring at "meets standard" or above|
|Science (grade 4)||88.2%||97.9%|
|Science (grade 7)||82.3%||97.0%|
|Science (high school)||80.7%||96.4%|
|History-government (grade 6)||79.4%||91.6%|
|History-government (grade 8)||78.5%||86.0%|
|History-government (high school)||79.8%||89.9%|
The Kansas State Department of Education annually produces information about districts through a report card process. Report cards provide information about district demographics and Kansas State Assessment results. This information can be accessed on the KSDE website at http://online.ksde.org/rcard/.