The Kansas State Assessment is what the state uses to measure student achievement in specific areas, such as reading, mathematics, and science.
The Kansas State Assessment is what the state uses to measure student achievement in specific areas, such as reading, mathematics, and science. The standardized tests are given annually each spring, beginning in the third grade. At Leavenworth High School all sophomores, and some juniors, participate in the high-stakes assessments.
For the fourth year in a row, the high school operated a unique two-day testing schedule (Tuesday and Wednesday of this week). Historically, assessments have been scheduled over an extended period of time, sometimes stretching out over an entire month. The schedule allows LHS to create a school-wide focus on maintaining an environment conducive for standardized testing for all test-takers. Students not participating in the state assessments attended educational field trips during this time, such as the Brown vs. Board of Education historic site, the Truman Library, and the Spencer Museum/KU Museum of Natural History.
With this schedule, students hit it hard and maintain their assessment focus for two consecutive days. Leavenworth High School attributes this testing schedule as one of the many factors that has contributed to making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Standard of Excellence the past three years. Administrators believe this schedule gives their students the best opportunity to accurately demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained during classroom instruction. The high school anticipates similar student success this year, although schools will not be measured using AYP as they have in the past.
Other schools throughout the district are also preparing students for success in advance of the assessment period. Support by parents and school families, throughout the testing process, is another key component for maximizing student achievement. It is extremely important for students to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and feel motivated and encouraged to give their best effort.
Leavenworth Public Schools are appreciative of our students, administrators, teachers, and school families working together to ensure high levels of learning for all students during this annual assessment period, and throughout the entire academic year.
Submitted by the Leavenworth School District.