Auburn test scores show improvement

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AUBURN — Test scores released Wednesday show students in grades 3 to 8 have improved.

For math, 62 percent of students were proficient or above in 2011, compared to 60 percent in 2010.

In reading, 67 percent of students were proficient or above in 2011, compared to 64 percent the year before.

“We’re very pleased,” Auburn Superintendent Katy Grondin said. She said half-day Wednesdays, when elementary students are released early to give teachers time for professional development, were one reason for the higher scores.

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Another reason is a “kid focus” among teachers. “Teams meet weekly to discuss instruction of individual students,” working to find what students need to move forward, she said.

While pleased, Grondin said, “We still have work to do.”

Statewide, 63 percent of grade 3-8 students were proficient in math; 72 percent proficient in reading, according to the Maine Department of Education.

Maine students improved slightly in reading and more significantly in math in the New England Common Assessment Program tests, given to students in October.

The NECAP test will be retired after 2013 due to changes at the national level, Maine Department of Education spokesman David Connerty-Marin said.

— Bonnie Washuk

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