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State funds awarded to Winter Street school

August 04, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

Winter Street Elementary School, which has a large number of at-risk students who have scored low on state assessment tests, will receive a $112,000 grant from the state to help it improve test scores, officials said.

Although Winter Street's scores in the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program have been low, they are improving.

The idea behind the Challenge School grant is to give Winter Street a "shot in the arm" so it can continue to progress, according to Theresa Flak, assistant superintendent for instruction.

"It gives them an opportunity to do things over and above what our budget can support," Flak said.

The composite score for the school's third-graders, which is the combination of scores in the different subject areas, is 29.6, said Jan Keefer, supervisor of statistical assessment.

Countywide, the composite score for the third-grade level is 41.9, Keefer said.

In reading, 31.4 percent of Winter Street's third-graders scored at the satisfactory level on MSPAP, according to the Maryland State Department of Education.

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In writing, 30.2 percent of the school's third-graders scored at the satisfactory level; 22.6 percent scored satisfactory in math; 34.0 percent scored satisfactory in science and 20.8 percent scored satisfactory in social studies, according to the state Department of Education.

In the coming year, Winter Street's faculty and school improvement team will meet to determine how best to improve scores, officials said. The groups will analyze school data to enable school officials to focus their time and energy on the areas that need the most improvement.

School officials said they probably will look at parental involvement programs and extended learning time for disadvantaged students.

Winter Street Elementary is the second school in the county to receive a Challenge School grant, Flak said.

Last year, Bester Elementary received $200,000 to improve reading, writing and math scores among its students.

Among its goals is for the percentage of Bester Elementary students scoring satisfactory in reading and math to increase by 25 percentage points.

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