CHS students exceed state average on Keystone exams
Catasauqua High School students who recently sat for Keystone exams have attained proficient status on two out of the three exams.
CHS Principal David Ascani told the Catasauqua School Board Tuesday evening 48.7 percent of those high school students who took the biology Keystone and 67.2 percent of students who took the literature Keystone exceeded the state average and achieved proficient status.
"We're pleased we were above the state average," he told board members.
However, Ascani reported, students struggled with the algebra Keystone, with only 47.5 percent attaining proficient status. The state average for the algebra Keystone was 54 percent.
"It was a disappointment," Ascani said. "Some of those students had not had algebra in a year or two."
According to Ascani and Catasauqua Area School District Director of Curriculum & Assessment Christina Lutz-Doemling, a primary reason why scores on the algebra Keystone were low is because the students who took the exam, as a whole, had been two to three years separated from their most recent algebra class.
Ascani said remediation courses will be offered by way of Study Island, an online learning tool.
"We can improve," he added. "We had some nice [Keystone] parts and some other parts we can work on."
Beginning with the class of 2017, students will need to demonstrate proficiency on the Keystone exams in order to graduate.
This year. the Keystone Exams have replaced the 11th-grade PSSA testing.
Students who did not attain proficiency in any of the exams may retake them, Ascani told the board.
Also during the meeting, Catasauqua Middle School students Katie Fisher, Bradshaw Henning and Nikitta Bacon were recognized by the school board for placing first in the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 Regional Computer Fair for their design of a logo for CLIU. The students will move on to compete at Dickinson College May 7.
District Superintendent Robert Spengler also announced the board will hold a budget discussion meeting 6 p.m. April 16 in the district administration office board room.
The next school board meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the district administration office board room.