Published On: Wed, Nov 30th, 2011

School Bd. takes a look at tests

HARTINGTON — Hartington School board members talked about state required testing, the student absentee policy and approved a lunch personnel contract at the Nov. 21 meeting.
MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing will be done from Dec. 5–9 according to Principal Russell Flamig.

“This will be the second time for the testing. It was done before in August,” Flamig said. “We will be doing more testing toward the end of February or in March.”
MAP is a computerized adaptive test which gives an assessment for each student.
MAP tests are used to determine a student’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, as well as year to year.
Flamig said the results from the previous tests are being reviewed.
“We have a lot of material that we are going over. We are looking at individual results, seeing where we can help,” Flamig said.
Students take the tests on a computer, which allows immediate feedback.
“The results are back within 24 hours. That’s nice,” Flamig said.
Flamig talked about the change in the attendance policy that had been made last year.
“When the kids do not meet the criteria in the policy — more than three absences in one semester — they are required to attend a makeup day,” Flamig said.
Anderson suggested having the make-up days take place at the end of the second semester.
“The make-up days could then be held during days the teachers are here for a work day,” Anderson said.
Another option would be to hold a make-up day on a Saturday and hire a teacher to supervise.
Board members want to keep the current absentee policy in place and agreed to schedule the make-up days at the end of the 2011-12 school year.
The Board was also told Jiranda Sudbeck was hired to work in the lunch room. Sudbeck will be working full-time. She is replacing an employee who left.
Parent-teacher conferences worked out well, Flamig said, with 98 percent of the elementary parents attended along with 70 percent of high school parents.
The school had two teams compete in the Quiz Bowl at Wayne State College.
The ninth and tenth grade team and a team of juniors and seniors both placed as runner-ups.
The Hartington School Board will meet next Dec. 19.