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Superintendent honored, MAP testing discussed at January Board of Education meeting


Newsroom Coordinator

The Meade County Board of Education met for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting last Tuesday.

Meade County Schools Superintendent Mark Martin began the meeting by highlighting the “Good news in the Greenwave nation.” January is School Board Recognition Month. He told the Board that he appreciated what they do for students.

“I know there have been a lot of changes from January 2020 to January 2021, not just because of what’s going on with the pandemic, but on our team,” said Martin. “We’ve had a lot of changes in general, and I just appreciate your support so we can do great things for students.

Martin also welcomed new Board member, Nathan Beavin.

“I know that he has the right heart for kids, and he’s going to compliment this team well,” said Martin.

Associate Superintendent of Personnel and Support Services Bill Adams also had some good news to share with the Board. A representative from the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children was at the meeting to honor Martin as the 2020 Special Education Administrator of the Year.

Martin told the Board that plans for vaccinating members of school staff are on the horizon. He said that they have ordered 479 doses of the vaccine, which comes out to close to 62 percent of the district’s employees. He said that he will continue to keep the Board updated as plans are solidified.

Board members were appointed to their roles at Tuesday’s meeting, as well. Bryan Honaker was appointed as Chairman, and Dana Flaherty was appointed as Vice Chairman.

Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Marc Adams and Elementary Instructional Coordinator Rikki Hanger provided the Board with an update on how students are performing through the pandemic in the 2020-2021 school year.

Hanger said that MAP (Masters of Academic Progress) testing is used as the universal screener in grades kindergarten through eighth grade throughout the district. Testing is typically conducted three times per year. The test, which is aligned to the state’s academic standards, is delivered via computer in multiple-choice format; this is the first year that the test has been administered virtually.

Despite brand new learning and teaching environments for students and educators, K-8 students increased their proficiency in reading between Winter of 2020 and Fall of 2020. There was a slight regression in math performance among K-8 students, but Hanger said that this is likely due to the fact that a lot of their curriculum is targeted with curriculum in the spring, so that was a big chunk that kids have missed. She said that they’re hoping to see that math bounce back overall this school year. Adams said he felt this was something they could easily overcome in a normal school year.