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Published August 30, 2010, 06:40 PM

Positive Test Scores At Greenbush Middle River High School

Earlier this year the Minnesota Department of Education placed the Greenbush Middle River High School on a list of the poorest performing schools in the state. Something school officials strongly disputed.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

< Earlier this year the Department of Education placed the Greenbush Middle River High School on a list of the poorest performing schools in the state. Something school officials strongly disputed

Eldon Sparby / Greenbush/Middle River Principal: "A small school, giving our forty kids ranked with all the other schools using seventh grade scores, eighth grade scores, tenth eleventh and we get to use one score wasn't fair. "

Turns out the school might be right. Recent test scores from Federal No Child Left Behind program gives the school passing marks. Test scores for math and reading are up significantly.

Eldon Sparby : "So obviously we don't have unintelligent kids or bad teachers that not the case. We haven't been playing the game the state wants us to play. "

The Greenbush Middle River school board turned down a school improvement grant for schools on poor performance list. It would have required staff and curriculum changes. Sparby says the latest test scores prove not taking the grant was the right decision.

Sparby : "The changes we made with our test scores this year had nothing to do with the school improvement grant. Because this was in place."

Sparby says it also proved how the state can misinterpret standardized tests.

Sparby: "It shows this testing philosophy labeling schools because of test

scores is in my estimation, very poor. ridiculous."

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