GILFORD – After taking their first ever Smarter Balanced Tests last fall, students across the board, with very few exceptions, performed at higher levels than did the average students in New Hampshire, according to the recently released results.
This year's third-graders did exceptionally well, with math scores showing 69 percent of the students performed at a proficient or above proficient rate. The state average was 53 percent.
In English language arts, third-grade students rocked with 73 percent of them performing at or above proficiency levels compared to 55 percent in the state.
Superintendent Kent Hemingway said the students worked very hard preparing for the Smarter Balanced tests that not only measure basic math and English language skills but also measure comprehension and the ability to apply their skills to everyday situations. Also, this is the first time students took a computer-based test, as opposed to the former NECAP, done on paper.
He added that, for the first time taking the test, he was very pleased with the overall scores but noted, as always, there is plenty of room for improvement.
Students from grades 3 through 8 were tested, as were high school juniors. Fourth-grade math students outperformed the state average of 49 percent proficient and above with a score of 58. Conversely, in English/language arts, Gilford performed exactly as did the balance of the state students with 56 percent at proficient or above.
Throughout middle school, Gilford's scores remained on a par or slightly above the state average. At 43 percent proficient or above, only the seventh-grade math scores were below the state average of 51 percent proficient or above. In English/language arts, seventh-grade students scored at 64 while the state average was at 62.
By 11th grade, Gilford students surpassed the rest of the state with math scores of 41 percent proficient or above as compared to 36 percent for the state average. In English/language arts, the score of 67 percent proficient or above exceeded the state average of 59 percent.
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