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DePue School Board reviews students’ PSAE test scores

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 2:36 p.m. CDT

DEPUE – In the last couple years, students’ scores on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSEA) at DePue High School have seen a drastic improvement.

According to the Illinois State Board of Education, the PSAE measures the achievement of juniors in reading, mathematics and science.

On Wednesday. Principal David Higgs had a brief rundown to the school board on recorded data of the most recent test scores from Spring 2013 testing. He was also able to compare the test scores to data collected over the last seven years.

Although there were 29 students in the past spring junior class, the data was only based off of 27 students. Higgs explained two students from the class took the exam the following year.

According to Higgs’ presentation, 44 percent of students, or 12 students from the class, met or exceeded the standards of the reading portion of the exam.

“That is the second highest score in seven years out of all our classes,” he said.

In the mathematics portion, Higgs said 33 percent of the students met or exceeded the standards. He confirmed that the scores were tied for the highest in the last seven years.

In the science portion, 44 percent of the students met or exceed the standards. Higgs confirmed the scores from the science portion were also the highest in the last seven years.

In the past, Higgs has praised teachers and students for their hard work and dedication in working to achieve a higher goal to meet or exceed the standards of the PSEA.

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