Guam – SAT 10 scores from the 2010-2011 school year are in, and the results for Guam’s Public Schools are both good and bad. DOE Acting Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Improvement Joe Sanchez says that while the scores have improved overall, they are lower than the national average.
The Stanford Achievement Test examines student skill levels in various subject areas and compares the results to the average performance levels nationwide.
Sanchez says that while Guam’s scores have been improving over time, they are not improving as quickly as the national average.
It does look like we are seeing growth as we did last year but unfortunately it still seems like we’re far behind in terms of our proficiency goals” Sanchez said during a media briefing on the scores at the Department of Education Administration Building Friday. “As I was going through with the administrators and even some of the staff back here we noticed the rate of improvement here for us is not as fast as that of the nation. So when it comes to our performance levels and our proficiency levels we’re not catching up as quickly.”
Sanchez also explains that this year’s tests scores compare Guam students to a higher standard when normed with the national average. That’s because this is the first year the 2007 norm is being used, last year Guam was compared to the national average of 2002.
“Society itself gets smarter as time goes by,” said Sanchez. “So it makes sense that a 2007 group would have done better than their counterparts five years ago. So again we are being compared against a higher standard. I believe the next time the test is going to be normed is 2012.”
Sanchez says that while standardized tests aren’t perfect they are a good tool to help school administrators determine what areas their students need extra instruction in.
“Its one measure that we can say is consistent throughout the district,” said Sanchez. “It is something we can use to start gauging the effectiveness of what we do.”