Schools Dump Stanford 9 Testing

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Payson School District students in grades two through nine are no longer required to take the dreaded Stanford 9 test.

Students now have an entire new set of state-mandated tests that make the Stanford 9 pale in comparison.

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Payson High School students in Mike Loutzenheiser's math class practice their testing skills. Next spring, sophomores will take the AIMS test. Passing it will be a requirement for graduation.

Next spring, second-graders will take reading, language arts and math tests known as the TerraNova. Those are considered Norm Referenced Tests (NRT)

which means previous tests have been given around the nation to establish a "normal." The Stanford 9 was an example of an NRT.

Students in grades three to eight take a triple hit in that they must take an AIMS dual purpose assessment in reading and mathematics, an NRT TerraNova and an AIMS extended-writing test.

Ninth grades take just the TerraNova in reading, language arts and mathematics.

Beginning next spring, sophomores take only the AIMS. Students who do not

meet the standard on any three portions of the test must retake it either the next fall or spring.

Juniors and seniors who have met the standard on a test have of option of retesting in hopes of improving their scores. Retesting may be done only in the spring.

Beginning with this year's high school junior class, students must meet the standard in reading, writing and mathematics to receive a diploma.

The Stanford 9 test fell by the wayside March 29 when the state board of education voted unanimously to award a new contract for the state's testing program to a division of McGraw Hill publishing known as CTB. The contract will include developing and administering the new AIMS testing.

Although the Stanford 9 is dead in the water, the results are in from the tests that students in grades two through nine took last spring.

In the test results, the percentile rank score means the students who took the tests did as well or better than the nationwide percentage.

For example, a student who scored in the 63rd percentile in math, did as well or better than 63 percent of the students who took the test around the nation.

The higher the percentile rank, the better the students performed.

The following are test results that compare Payson students to county and state scores.

GRADE 02

READING

Total Reading

District 67, County 50, State 50

Word Study Skills

District 70, County 55, State 53

Reading Vocab

District 66, County 47, State 49

Reading Comp

District 64, County 48, State 49

MATHEMATICS

Total Math

District 68, County 58, State 58

Problem Solving

District 68, County 57, State 59

Procedures

District 67, County 61, State 57

LANGUAGE

Language

District 53, County 40, State 42

GRADE 03

READING

Total Reading

District 59, County 44, State 47

Word Study Skills

District 62, County 47, State 48

Reading Comp

District 65, County 54, State 55

MATHEMATICS

Total Math

District 67, County 58, State 58

Procedures

District 60, County 47, State 55

LANGUAGE

Language

District 69, County 47, State 53

Pre-writing

District 53, County 42, State 48

Composing

District 61, County 51, State 59

GRADE 04

READING

Total Reading

District 64, County 50, State 51

Word Study Skills

District 66, County 51, State 50

Reading Vocab

District 61, County 47, State 52

Reading Comp

District 63, County 50, State 57

MATHEMATICS

Total Math

District 66, County 55, State 60

Procedures

District 54, County 41, State 48

LANGUAGE

Language

District 54, County 43, State 48

Pre-writing

District 54, County 42, State 49

Composing

District 54, County 44, State 50

GRADE 05

READING

Total Reading

District 61, County 49, State 50

Word Study Skills

District 61, County 49, State 50

Reading Vocab

District 62, County 49, State 50

Reading Comp

District 69, County 55, State 60

MATHEMATICS

Total Math

District 70, County 57, State 61

Problem Solving

District 65, County 52, State 57

Procedures

District 54, County 41, State 46

LANGUAGE

Language

District 46, County 36, State 40

Pre-writing

District 59, County 45, State 49

Composing

District 58, County 46, State 50

GRADE 06

READING

Total Reading

District 55, County 47, State 52

Word Study Skills

District 58, County 49, State 53

Reading Vocab

District 53, County 46, State 52

Reading Comp

District 63, County 55, State 64

MATHEMATICS

Total Math

District 67, County 60, State 67

Problem Solving

District 58, County 48, State 59

Procedures

District 46, County 38, State 45

LANGUAGE

Language

District 44, County 34, State 41

Pre-writing

District 52, County 44, State 46

Composing

District 47, County 42, State 50

GRADE 07

READING

Total Reading

District 47, County 42, State 50

Word Study Skills

District 47, County 37, State 43

Reading Vocab

District 48, County 46, State 59

Reading Comp

District 59, County 49, State 59

MATHEMATICS

Total Math

District 60, County 50, State 61

Problem Solving

District 58, County 47, State 56

Procedures

District 54, County 45, State 54

LANGUAGE

Language

District 50, County 41, State 49

Pre-writing

District 56, County 47, State 54

Composing

District 55, County 49, State 58

GRADE 08

READING

Total Reading

District 64, County 48, State 52

Word Study Skills

District 53, County 39, State 45

Reading Vocab

District 69, County 54, State 55

Reading Comp

District 63, County 46, State 59

MATHEMATICS

Total Math

District 67, County 51, State 63

Problem Solving

District 55, County 38, State 50

Procedures

District 60, County 40, State 48

LANGUAGE

Language

District 50, County 36, State 44

Pre-writing

District 73, County 50, State 54

Composing

District 56, County 41, State 50

GRADE 09

READING

Total Reading

District 43, County 35, State 40

Word Study Skills

District 39, County 33, State 39

Reading Vocab

District 48, County 39, State 43

Reading Comp

District 61, County 52, State 62

MATHEMATICS

Problem Solving

District 37, County 34, State 41

Procedures

District 34, County 32, State 37

LANGUAGE

Language

District 42, County 40, State 47

Pre-writing

District 41, County 37, State 43

Test Date: 03/04 • Test type: Multiple Choice • Percentile Rank-S of Mean National NCE

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