SAT 10 Progress Made Under Difficult Circumstances

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Guam – The results of the Stanford Achievement Test for Guam’s public school students show some improvements, although Guam’s students still lag behind the national average. School administrators and parents were given the chance to review the scores over the weekend and to plan how to improve the results next year.

GDOE Superintendent Dr Nerissa Underwood says, “We have a number of schools, not only in elementary and first grade, but in the middle and high schools we have out ranked the national average. ”                        

 Underwood is happy the way the island schools performed on the SAT 10 test last school year. She says from grade to grade, every single school made an improvement.

GDOE acting administrator for research, planning and evaluation Joe Sanchez says they are currently looking at all the data collected to help improve the SAT 10 test scores . He says, “Rather than us getting the scores and saying we didn’t do well. Now we are looking at the data and taylor making ways to help us work on our deficiencies.                     

 Sanchez says island wide math scores are low, but for the second and third graders there’s also a dip in the languages and reading scores compared to the rest of the nation. But Sanchez says this is a trend on Guam but it’s also happening around the rest of the nation too. It’s just more pronounced on Guam.”

He says they are focusing on ways to help their students improve on those skills for next year’s test.

Underwood says GDOE turned in an application for the consolidated grant that could give $24 million dollars to the DOE. A large part of that grant would be used to support elementary schools reform programs. This will help student improve on their test scores.

Last year , DOE gave elementary schools an opportunity to choose a reform program to improve their SAT 10 test scores. A number of the schools picked Direct Instruction, others decided to pick a program to lower the SFA. Both of those programs were approved. But 6 schools decided to choose another reform program that was part of the 2009 consolidated grant, but that grant was held back.

Underwood says based on the special conditions imposed by U.S.Department of Education because of the GDOE’s high risk status. We have not been able to access close to $40 million dollars until a third party is in place.                                   

There were 6 elementary schools that didn’t have the same level of financial support for their reform programs.  Despite not having these funds PC Lujan Elementary School and Price Elementary School had shown improvements on their performance of the SAT 10.

Underwood says regardless of what the resources were for these two schools, they worked hard and nothing held them back.