USD 501's preliminary scores show biggest improvement in 17 years

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TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)--- USD 501 school district is marking a milestone. The district's preliminary scores for the spring state assessment tests show a 16 to 27% growth in proficiency.

"My assessment director has shared that in his 17 years in the district, this has never happened so to see every single grade level across the district improve, we are just ecstatic,” said Dr. Anderson.

She says the biggest jump was in 10th grade reading scores, up 9% from last year.

"High school is the time in which it’s most difficult to catch kids up,” said Dr. Anderson. “Our largest amount in growth was in literacy in 10th grade, so to see a significant jump there just really helps us know that our push in college and career readiness is essential."

Dr. Anderson credits the teaching staff for the district's achievement.

"We have some of the most amazing teachers across the state here in Topeka."

While the scores aren't yet official, Dr. Anderson believes the actual scores will reflect these preliminary numbers.

"We want to wait until they do come out to be able to talk about what each individual child did and what those scores look like,” said Dr. Anderson.

The state will release the final state assessment results late this summer.