The Milbank School District Board of Education reviewed the results from this year’s Smarter Balance Assessment. The district’s test scores were similar to last year’s, but scores in comparison to state averages decreased. “Overall we are pleased with the scores,” stated Superintendent Tim Graf. “We are optimistic that our student’s achievement will improve when we implement a new language arts textbook series and begin progress-monitoring to help target areas where further instruction is needed.”
The results indicate the percentage of students who tested at or above the achievement standard. Results in English/language arts were: 3rd grade, 51% (49% state average); 4th grade, 45% (48% state); 5th grade, 65% (48% state); 6th grade, 59% (50% state); 7th grade, 52% (51% state); 8th grade, 51% (51% state); and 11th grade, 67% (59% state).
Results in math were: 3rd grade, 53% (52% state); 4th grade, 38% (47% state); 5th grade, 48% (37% state); 6th grade, 45% (38% state); 7th grade, 38% (41% state); 8th grade, 49% (41% state); 11th grade, 26% (37% state).
Milbank’s science scores were also reviewed, but state averages were not available. The science assessment is done through the DakotaStep system instead of the Smarter Balance Assessment. The fifth grade science results showed 32% tested in the advanced category, 63% proficient, 5% basic, and 0% below basic.
The eighth grade science results showed: 3% advanced, 71% proficient, 21% basic, and 5% below basic. The eleventh grade results indicated: 8% advanced, 66% proficient, 24% basic, and 2% below basic.