by Jaidyn Quillen
Seventh and Eighth grade students and teachers alike have been working during the 2017-2018 school year and that hard work is paying off, in a big way. Every year, students are required to take a web based diagnostic test called Scantron Performance Series. This test measures student proficiency in Math, Reading and Science. This year, 7th and 8th grade students saw huge increases in all three subject areas. Nearly 80% of all 7th and 8th graders increased in Reading, an average of 65% of 7th and 8th graders increased in Math and 84% of 7th graders saw an increase in Science.
Junior High English teacher, Brittney Isbell, definitely took the time to make sure her students would see improvements on their test scores. “I’m extremely proud of the students and their hard work!” says Isbell. Formative assessment tests and test prep activities, such as Kahoot, are both teaching strategies she frequently uses in her classroom. When asked about Kahoot, seventh grader, Tony Aleman said “It’s a very fun game that we enjoy but it also prepares us for upcoming tests.” However, Kahoot isn’t the only new assessment tool Junior High teachers are using. Plickers, Quizlet, and daily bell ringers, all of which are fun and educational, are also utilized frequently in the classroom. “Each bell ringer not only helped us for our normal tests, but they helped us for Performance Series,” said eight grader Emily Vandiver. Isbell also stresses, to her students, the importance of taking time to read the passages and how to understand each question.
According to Cole Craig, CCHS seventh grader, “Performance Series this year was very easy. It was easy because our teachers prepared us for the test!” Colbert County High School is proud to have teachers willing to learn new strategies and striving every day to help students succeed.