Glimmerings of riches in the Gravels of AMP
By David Nees
November 29, 2015
In contrast, the Big Five Alaska Districts trumpeted their above-average standings.
However, hypnotic whispers of fabulous educational riches sounded softly in some areas of the state; places where the educational streams yielded panfulls of AMP gold. Are these the locales where educational streams are producing? Let’s consider the data:
Bristol Bay Region
Naknek-50% of tested students ranked in the highest levels of English Language Arts (ELA), 47 % in Math.
Gustavus-68% proficient in ELA, 56% in Math.
Copper River District
Kenney Lake--59% in ELA, 50% in Math.
Greely Elementary-48% in ELA, 25% Math
Haines Elementary-52% in ELA, 36% Math
Nome School District
Anvil City Elementary-50% in ELA, 37% Math
Mitkof-54% in ELA, 46% Math
Skagway-62% in ELA, 62% Math
Unalaska Middle School-46% in ELA, 45% Math
LAKE AND PENINSULA
Tanalian-57% in ELA, 54% Math
Hutchins-52% in ELA, 37% Math
Evergreen-45% in ELA, 61% Math
Parents Is it time to pack your child’s bags and send them to Aunti in Naknek, Uncle in Unalaska, Cousin in Valdez?
Or Is it time to stake a claim, pack a bag and move the family to these small town schools and communities, they sure could use the students.
Perhaps, like Harry Potter like they will become wizards of Math, English and Reading. Perhaps, the rest of the state Superintendents can look at why those schools worked.
Good job everyone working in these outlying districts; job well done.
About:"David Nees is a retired ASD math teacher and former member of the Sustainable Education Task force.."
Received November 25, 2015 - Published November 29, 2015
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