News News Stories — 16 December 2015

Recently, Rock Creek made a decision to send home the Kansas State Assessment scores from last year with students who took the tests.

This decision was made principal Eric Koppes and asst. principal Scott Harshbarger, the two principals of the elementary schools, the superintendent and study support teacher Jeremy Lehning, who organizes state assessments.

These assessments were given back to the seventh, eighth, ninth, 11th and 12th grades. The 10th graders never received their reports back because there were not any ninth grade tests in the system. Lehning gave these assessment reports to students’ advisors so they could give out to the students on Dec. 7.

“Depending on what grade you’re in is depending on how many reports you got back,” Lehning said.

Some of the students at Rock Creek were shocked by their scores, and yet some were pleased as well. There were very few students who did understand what was on the assessment reports.

“When I got my assessment scores back, I was reading over it and trying to see what I could understand from what was it,” freshmen Breanna Varriale said. “I understand that with the meter picture on the report, it shows the score we have and what the expected score is, and the paragraph below it gives even more information about how our scores were set.”

Students said they feel as though they have the right to know their scores and their parents also have the right to know how their children are doing in school.

“I received my report back and noticed that they were from last year’s state assessments,” junior Kayla Thomas said. “After I read through the report, I understood most of it, including my score information.”

In the past, the assessment scores would have been attached to a transcript, but this year is the first time Rock Creek had results in two years and the first time in the new Common Core system. Giving back the assessment report scores was a chance to let the parents know how their students are doing compared to the other students in the building, in the district of the same grade and also the state.

“The state requires you to notify the students’ parents, and giving the reports to the students to their parents saved the school a lot more money rather than mailing all of the reports home to the parents,” Lehning said.

 Article by Jayde Cooper, staff member

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