Davis County students scored above the national average in most subjects, according to scholastic test results released last week.
The test results, which were presented to the Davis School Board, show that elementary and secondary students scored better than 50 percent - the national average - in reading, math, listening, language, using information, science and social studies. The only students who scored below the national average were eighth graders in the social studies category. In that test, students scored 47 percent."This is good news particularly when you consider the number of students teachers are dealing with," Board President Sheryl Allen said.
The low eighth grade social studies scores may be attributed to the fact that while most children in the United States take a world social science course in the seventh grade, students here study about Utah history, said Dallas Workman, who compiles district test data.
The Stanford Achievement Test and its high school equivalent, Test of Academic Achievement, were administered to all students in grades 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 in April 1988. Tests scores are lower for higher grades.
"We should be concerned with the second graders versus the eighth graders," said Superintendent Richard Kendell.
District second-graders had the highest scores reaching the 61st percentile. However, they were only tested in three of the seven categories. Fourth-graders scored in the 57th percentile and eighth-grades in the 53rd percentile. Tenth graders were tested only in reading, math and language and were ranked in the 58th, 60th and 54th percentile respectively.
Most of the test scores have remained constant over the last four years.
There was a noticeable increase in scores of fourth-graders in using information and science. There was a slight drop in second-graders' scores for listening, but an increase in their math marks.