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Alma honored for increased test scores

Alma School District is one of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be honored for increasing Advanced Placement tests scores while also increasing the number of students testing, said school officials.

During the Alma School Board’s meeting Thursday night, Superintendent David Woolly announced that ASD had been placed on the fourth annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll by the College Board.

Alma was only one of four Arkansas schools to receive the honor.

While providing college readiness programs such as Advanced Placement, or AP, classes and testing preparedness, College Board also administers the SAT and AP exams.

Alma received the recognition because enrollment in AP classes increased, minorities enrolling in AP classes increased and at the same time, AP exam scores continued to go up, Woolly said.

“That’s a difficult thing to do,” Woolly told board members. “We had more kids taking the test, scoring better, and that’s what made our overall score go up.”

Woolly gave credit for the achievement to “every teacher in the district,” building from kindergarten to twelfth grade.

“I think this is a real feather in our cap. This is a real strong testament to [the fact] that we’re doing the right thing for the kids,” Woolly said.

Inclusion on the AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data.

Also during the meeting Thursday, Woolly noted that the district had received the legislative audit letter, acknowledging that the district was in compliance with all state fiscal and financial laws.

Board members accepted the resignation of two employees: Patricia Bowles, the Gifted and Talented coordinator, and educator Cindy Dean.

Approved for hire were Rebecca Tate as intermediate school teacher, Amanda Taylor as middle school teacher and Sarah Perreault as high school teacher.

Alma School District will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 27, 28 and 29.

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