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Old 02-01-2008, 10:36 PM
 
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Academic achievement at Pike Schools continues to be a mixed bag, with the upper-grade levels lagging behind the state average and the elementary schools excelling.

Pike Schools spent $1,400 more per student than the state average during the last school year, but that additional funding hasn't always translated to improved test scores. School Board President Larry Metzler said much of the extra funding is going to security and transportation expenses.
Academic performance at Pike High School continues to trail the state average in 2007-08, with 47 percent of students passing the state's graduating qualifying exam on the first attempt, compared with 58 percent for the state average. By comparison, North Central High School, a school of similar size in neighboring Washington Township, had 65 percent of its students pass the exam on the first attempt.
For the 2006-07 school year, the last year for which results are available, Pike students took the SAT at a slightly higher rate than the state average, but their scores were nearly 40 points lower than the state average of 1004.
Not all the news is bleak. For 2006-07, the number of Pike seniors graduating from high school was down slightly from the state average, but the percentage entering college after graduation stood at 92 percent, much higher than the state average of 75 percent.
Of the nine elementary schools, six had similar or significantly better ISTEP results for the 2007-08 school year. Eagle Creek Elementary third-, fourth- and fifth-graders improved on the scores of previous years and exceeded the state average by 6 to 15 percentage points on each test.
Of middle schools, New Augusta Public Academy performed better than most middle schools throughout the state on ISTEP, while Lincoln and Guion Creek lagged. Seventh- and eighth-graders at Lincoln did show improvement on the ISTEP but still didn't reach state averages on any of the tests, and less than half passed the seventh-grade science standard.
Missy Kinnaman, coordinator of research and data analysis at Pike, said most of the schools achieving success are on a year-round schedule.
"There's an application process to get into those schools," she said. "Typically we see more applications from better-educated parents who understand the educational process."
Districtwide, the percentage of limited-English proficiency students for 2006-07 was nearly 10 percent, compared with the state average of 3.9 percent.
Kinnaman said state laws mandating limited-proficiency English students to take the ISTEP with other students may be hurting the district's test scores.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:04 AM
 
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Is the 92% out of the 50% that actually graduated. I was in Pike and told by several Pike staff do not send my daughter there. If you make it thru the burners and fights you to can be one of the 92% of the 50% that actually graduated. Pike needs HELP.
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