During last Monday’s meeting of the Quitman SD School Board, Michael Stacks, Assistant Superintendent, Mary Rieck, Elementary Principal, and Krysta Parker, High School Principal, presented the results of the 2016-2017 ACT Aspire state required test for grades 3-10.
    By subject the average percentage meeting the Readiness Benchmarks for 3rd grade are: English, 72%; Math, 46%; Science, 44%; Reading, 40%; and, Writing, 17%. Third grade English, Writing and Math scores were below the state averages.
    Readiness Benchmark scores for the 4th grade is: English, 80%; Math, 60%; Science, 51%; Reading, 55%; and, Writing, 40%. For the fourth grade, all scores were above the state 5th average.
    Readiness Benchmark scores for the 5th grade is: English, 82%; Math, 60%; Science, 51%; Reading, 55%; and, Writing, 36%. The fifth-grade score in Writing is below the state average.
    Readiness Benchmark scores for the 6th grade is: English, 67%; Math, 55%; Science, 50%; Reading, 44%; and, Writing, 57%. Sixth grade scores for English, Writing, Reading and Math were below the state average.
    Readiness Benchmark scores for the 7th grade is: English, 78%; Math, 56%; Science, 66%; Reading, 62%; and, Writing, 54%. Seventh grade scores were above state average.
    Readiness Benchmark scores for the 8th grade is: English, 68%; Math, 32%; Science, 46%; Reading, 41%; and, Writing, 28%. Eighth grade scores were below the state average in English, Writing, Reading, and Math.
    Readiness Benchmark scores for the 9th grade is: English, 65%; Math, 42%; Science, 43%; Reading, 54%; and, Writing, 52%. Ninth grade scores were above state averages.
    Readiness Benchmark scores for the 10th grade is: English, 74%; Math, 29%; Science, 40%; Reading, 50%; and, Writing, 56%. Tenth grade scores were above the state averages.
    The school board was satisfied to learn that high school grade levels had shown growth in all subject areas and were ranked in the top 15% of state high schools. Additionally, Quitman SD students performed better than 76.2% of all other Arkansas school districts. Overall, Quitman SD is ranked 59th in the state, an increase of 34 positions since 2016.
    However, there was a 25% decline in readiness for Reading and Science in the elementary grades. Science was the area of greatest concern. The administrative team discussed with the board the different strategies they will implement to overcome the deficiencies in the elementary grades. Administrators will use the test data more effectively to drive educational goals in instruction and curriculum.
    The school board approved the resignations of Angie Ogle, Whitney Adams and Ashley Rice. New hires approved by the board upon successful background checks were Patsy Carter, Elementary Librarian; Davis Johnson, Elementary Athletic Director; and, Nikki Mayo, Kindergarten Teacher.
    Other business considered by the school board was the approval of the sale of construction, bonds; the adoption of a resolution to refund the May 1, 2014 bonds; approval of the personnel policies for bus drivers; approval of a bid from F.L. Davis for bathroom renovations; approval of a bid from Hopper Termite and Pest for pest control services; approval of bids for Hiland Diaries and Sysco & Tankersley for food services; and, the approval of changes to the certified salary schedule for the Elementary Athletic Director, game event score keepers, and transportation positions.
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