Middle School test results show positive results

Published 8:41 am Wednesday, January 4, 2023

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Lincoln County Middle School is encouraged with the positive results from its recent iReady testing. The school just completed the second of three benchmarks for the year and is seeing substantial growth in several subject areas.

Most notably the school has seen extraordinary growth in seventh grade English Language Arts students. Teachers Dakota Lunsford, Shelby Cummins and Megan Ralston (pictured) are seeing progress within their students that is triple the normal growth rate students should be showing at this time of the year.

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Results in reading showed that 53% of students have met their growth goal for the year with half of the school year still remaining. Dr. Chris Murray, Director of Secondary Schools, said the results far exceed expectations for this time of the year. Reading results also saw a 10% decrease in novice while increasing proficient/advanced by 10%.

Math testing results also showed a decrease in novice of 10% while seeing an 8% increase in proficient/advanced. Notably, 43% of the EC students at LCMS have already met their annual growth goal for the year in math also.

“We began the year with major deficits. According to fall iReady data, 50% of our students were 2 or more grade levels below in reading and 55% were that far behind in math,” said LCMS Principal Lauren Burnett. “We set a goal to move all students up one or more grade levels by the end of the year. This mid year data clearly shows we are trending the right way. Students can achieve anything when they are held to high standards, encouraged daily and set goals.”