MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring High School administration, faculty and staff have announced the improvements of their students on the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Test (ACTAAP). According to school officials, the school saw a marked improvement at various grade levels on the test administered last spring. The ACTAAP is scored in four categories: below basic, basic, proficient and advanced.
Benchmark test results for students in the fourth grade at Mammoth Spring continued to show improvement in the percentage of students who scored at proficient or above; this year Mammoth Spring had 80 percent of the students scoring proficient or above in literacy compared to the state average of 55 percent.
Results for the sixth grade literacy test showed 33 percent of the students scored proficient compared with the state average of 30 percent. In math the proficient average for these students was 63 percent compared to 36 percent for the state average.
Fourth grade scores have continued to increase since the first administration of the test during the 1997-98 school year. Mammoth Spring Elementary Principal Ruth Stevens said school officials believe the scores in the sixth grade will increase from the pilot test administered in 2000-01.
The eighth grade literacy test revealed a 12-percent increase with 81 percent of the Mammoth Spring students scoring proficient or advanced. This level of proficiency is the highest in the four administrations of the test to eighth graders at Mammoth Spring Schools. The average score for the group was 214 compared to 191 across the state. In mathematics, the Mammoth Spring students' average of 183 was 12 points above the state average of 171.
The eleventh grade End of Course Literacy Exam also yielded an increase. Mammoth Spring students placed 68 percent of students at a proficient or advanced level. The average for group was 211 compared to the state average of 188. The End of Course Algebra Test scored only 11 percent of the students at a below basic level. The End of Course Geometry Test placed over 70 percent of the general population at basic or greater level of geometric concepts.