“This was our first year taking the test all online,” Silvus said. “We kind of expected a dip in the scores because it is a new process for the kids.”
The state legislator has been criticized by school leaders throughout Clark and Champaign counties for continuing to change the test students take for state report cards. Students have taken a different type of test three of the last four years and this year students began using chrome books to take the tests, Silvus said.
“We were pretty happy that we were able to maintain across the board this first time,” he said.
One area of the report card Greenon did well in was the kindergarten through third-grade literacy portion. While having third graders take the test on a computer was a struggle, Silvus said, the school did score higher than it did last year.
“That is a big one,” Silvus said. “If we score well with that early, it tends to affect every subject.”
MORE: Greenon starts planning $54M new school after bond issue passes
Silvus also said he was happy with the graduation rate. The school has a tradition of graduating students and making sure they are prepared for after they get out of high school.
“The way I approach (report cards) is we need to concentrate to make the best instruction that we can,” Silvus said. “We need to focus on what we can control and that is in the classroom every day.”