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Grangeville High School recognized as ‘top performer’

'...something we should be proud of



— Mountain View School District 244’s Grangeville High School was one of 44 high schools honored recently as a top performer for posting achievement in the 90th percentile in one of several key academic indicators.

“This is good news for Grangeville High School and the community, and something we should be proud of,” said board chair Lot Smith at the Aug. 20 trustee meeting in Kooskia.

The state honored top-performing schools and other schools that hit interim targets for state goals at the same time it released a list of 29 low-performing schools.

Locally, top performers also include Kamiah and Nezperce high schools. The list of top performers comprises 15 charter schools and 15 schools on four-day schedules.

Locally, only Cottonwood Joint School District 242’s Prairie Elementary School, Salmon River Joint School District 243’s Riggins Elementary School and Nezperce Joint School District 302 were in the “Goalmakers” category. This means they were recognized for proficiency among other areas.

There were not any local high schools identified for graduation rates at less than 67 percent. Local schools’ graduation rates were listed as:

Prairie High School (Cottonwood), 96.08 percent; Salmon River Junior High School (Riggins), 92.59; Clearwater Valley High School (Kooskia), 72; Grangeville High School, 86.34; Nezperce High School, 88.89; Kamiah High School, 72.45; and Highland High School (Craigmont), 87.18. The graduation rates were averaged during a three-year span.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, The Idaho State Department of Education listed Idaho’s 29 lowest-performing schools on Aug. 15, as part of the new accountability plan.

Elk City School is on the list, and will remain on the list for three years and is eligible for extra support designed to turn the schools around.

“We’re not identifying schools for ridicule or anything else,” said Karlynn Laraway, the SDE’s director of assessment and accountability. “We’re really focused on the schools’ needs and supporting them for improvement.”

MVSD 244 Superintendent Marc Scheibe tends to disagree.

“I am talking to the state about this as I believe this becomes a confidentiality issue when the school only has four students and maybe two students tested,” Scheibe said at the Aug. 20 meeting. “I don’t really think that’s fair to identify a rural school with a handful of students.”

Scheibe also said the action plan to address the needs of low performing schools includes a barrage of meetings.

“This could take people out for six or more days,” Scheibe said. “I want to make sure that is the best use of our time.”

The school was identified by student achievement in math and English language arts on standardized tests; student growth at the K-8 level (the percent of students on track to be proficient in three years); growth to proficiency of English language learners; results of student surveys administered to K-8 students; and high school graduation rates.

Elk City School, grades kindergarten through eight, has had anywhere from four to 10 students during the past decade. Past eighth grade, students usually attend one of the local high schools (board out or live with family) or use on-line resources.


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