Report Says Virginia Students Measure Up Nationwide

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

September 25, 2007

The National Assessment of Educational Progress released results on Tuesday on how schools are performing nation wide.

The good news is that those results say that students around the Commonwealth, have a better grasp of math and reading skills than many other students across the country.

The bad news is that less than half of students are proficient in either subject.

"Math and reading is obviously a really big focus of ours at the elementary level because we believe that if students don't achieve or build a strong foundation in math and reading they'll have a difficult time throughout their education career," said Vernon Bock, Principal at Johnson Elementary in Charlottesville.

Less than 50% of 4th grade students in Virginia tested proficient in math and reading; numbers all schools are working to raise.

"We recognize that students come into our classrooms with various different needs and background experiences and we build on those as best as possible," said Bock.

Johnson has both reading and math specialist teachers on hand for targeted education.

They spend up to an extra hour each day working with children who may need extra attention.

"What we have to do when they come to school is assess them very carefully to see what schools that might be lacking in the children, and then address those needs," said Johnson Reading Specialist, Cordelia Wilson.

Johnson Math Specialist, Summerlynn Thompson said, "I do a variety of things like co-plan with teachers and then implement lessons with them. Sometimes I'll go into a classroom and model a lesson, and then there are times that I'll pull individual students and work with them either on a skill or work with small groups on that same skill."

If you want to read the full NEAP report, click on the news links section of this website.

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