I was surprised that more of a fuss wasn't made by the Joplin Globe of the miracle reading scores that were recorded by Joplin R-8 fifth and eighth graders last year.
The scores were revealed to the R-8 Board of Education Tuesday night and came as welcome news in a school district that has seen its scores declining every year since C. J. Huff took the helm in 2008.
According to Jennifer Doshier, executive director of elementary education, the eighth graders scored 54 percent proficient in the reading test they took at the end of their seventh grade years, 69 percent in a test taken at the end of September and then 80 percent in a test taken at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
Fifth graders showed similar results, beginning at about 40 percent at the end of their fourth grade year, moving up to the sixties then, up to 82 percent.
Huff said the goal was to move the students to 90 percent proficiency.
Since most studies have shown that over the summer months students lose some of what they have learned, Doshier noted that students had kept learning during summer school and during the first month of the school year before the tests were administered.
The tests were from Scholastic.
It will be interesting to see if these test scores are repeated when MAP scores are released next month.