Salem Elementary School 5th graders placed second in the state on a national exam to determine their mathematic proficiency, said Salem High School Principal Wayne Guiltner July 19 at the Salem School Board meeting.
Guiltner said the 5th graders finished second on one section of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills math test. He said Salem finished above average in all categories measured by the test and ranked first overall among the schools in the Northcentral Educational Cooperative area.
"We normally do well on every standardized test," said Salem High school counselor L.A. Lindsey.
The Northcentral Cooper-ative area includes all of the school districts in Baxter, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties.
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is used nationally to determine student skill levels.
In other Salem School Board action, Salem Superintendent Ken Rich told the school board that the GCE room is being remodeled with the help of a Perkins grant. The grant valued at $7,350.14 was used to buy tables, desks, computers and other classroom equipment.
Rich told the board that all summer maintenance projects are nearing completion. He said asphalt patching in the Salem School District's parking lots is complete and floor re-finishing in the schools is on schedule.