In June of 2012, Primary Plus Elementary and West Valley Middle Schools administered the standardized Stanford Early Achievement Test. What this article will reveal is that, as in years past, our students have placed well-above their grade level in the subjects of reading, math, language, spelling, science, and social studies for the 2011/12 school year. The spring SAT 10 testing is done to measure what the students have accrued in knowledge up to that point in their academic careers. These tests measure student knowledge of various areas of the curriculum. They have norms, and provide a means of evaluating the fundamental academic goals of our schools. Action Day Primary Plus has the tests scored by Harcourt Brace each year, and the results are compared with the norms established by students throughout the country. Below is the class average, which was referred to earlier. The first number of the decimal indicates the average grade level, and the second number refers to the month (e.g. the number “3.6” refers to a child in the third grade, six-month equivalent).
However remarkable the class averages may appear, they are rivaled by our school’s ratings compared with the national rankings (depicted in the chart below). Although all grades have placed in the 90th percentile of the nation, we are happy to announce that grades 2, 4, 5, and 7 placed in the 100th percentile. While all of our classes’ statistics are impressive, we want to congratulate these grades on an exceptional academic year.
What is extraordinary about these scores is that they reflect the immense intelligence, drive, and ambition of our students—as well as our teaching staff. We are confident in the knowledge that our students have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time: that their minds are continuously expanding to accept new information, adapting to new environments, and learning more challenging material. These scores demonstrate the benefit of individual attention, “plus” a lot of hard work and dedication.