GLADWIN – According to Gladwin Community Schools Superintendent Rick Seebeck, the results of the MEAP test the school got back recently are something to be proud of. “We set the bar so high here,” he said. “We continue to do well, but we also continue to try to improve too. In fact, in most areas, the students did very well, with very few exceptions, and those increases and decreases are something Seebeck said the school will use to improve instruction for the students. One area Seebeck saw room for improvement was with the seventh grade math, which measures what the students have learned through grade 6. In that area, there was a drop among the group.“When you see an acrossthe- board drop, usually it has more to do with the group than instruction,” Seebeck said. “However, if it’s not a group of kids issue, something changed instructionally, probably a systemic or programmic issue.” He added, “It could be something we’re not doing - not devoting enough time to math intervention; or maybe the curriculum is not aligned to the state standard. We’ll get the answers, that’s what we do.” Seebeck said that in addition to looking at drops in achievement, the school also looks at significant increases, and uses the ups and downs to move forward. “We study dips and increases – the good and the bad,” he explained. “It tells us a story, and that story helps us plan for the next year.” For instance, he said they might look at the eighth grade math scores and try to determine what is working so well in seventh grade. “We then say, ‘Let’s replicate it for other grades,’” Seebeck said. “We look at it from an instructional standpoint. It measures our effectiveness.”
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