Monte Beaver, the county school system’s area director for the 17 schools on the east side of Douglas County, said test results show students face a challenge to match the state average in such areas as math, science and social studies.
“However, the good news is that we are making steady strides in that direction,” Beaver said.
He highlighted three schools at the elementary level which he said have shown “very good improvement,” including Sweetwater, North Douglas and New Manchester.
At Sweetwater, students scored an average 90.7 percent meeting or exceeding the state average in reading, 91.6 percent in English/language arts, 82.3 percent in math, 76.8 percent in science and 82 percent in social studies.
At North Douglas, students scored an average 87.3 in reading, 83.5 in English/language arts, 79.2 in math, 68.5 in science and 67.9 in social studies.
At New Manchester, students scored an average 93.3 percent in reading, 89.6 percent in English/language arts, 80.6 percent in math, 77.0 percent in science and 81.2 percent in social studies.
By comparison, Burnett third-graders scored an 83.1 on reading; 75.6 in English/language arts; 65.0 in math, 48.8 in science and 68.2 in social studies.
At the middle school level, Fairplay continues to do well.
On the test this year, its students averaged 98.1 on reading, 96.3 on English/language arts, 86.9 on math, 88.2 on science and 87.5 on social studies.
Another middle school that keeps showing improvement is Chapel Hills.
Its results this year showed the school averaging 98.9 on reading, 97.8 on English/language arts, 92.3 on math, 88.5 in science and 80.4 on social studies.
Douglas County middle schools looking to improve their standardized test schools this school year are Chestnut Log, Yeager and Stewart.
Beaver said the Douglas County School System is concentrating on improving classroom instruction.
“We are working with principals and teachers on improving instructional strategies within the classroom through professional leading opportunities given our teachers,” he said.
Beaver said student improvement is “all about good, sound instruction.”
However, he said he felt that with the steady improvement of Douglas County schools, positive results will continue.
“We have a great staff of administrators and teachers who are dedicated to the achievement of our students,” Beaver said.