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Charter school has high test scores statewide

The test scores are in from the Idaho Standards Achievement Test also known as I-SAT.

It shows the sixth grade class from the Monticello Montessori Public Charter School in Ammon have scored 20 percent higher in mathematics and reading, state wide.

Teachers work all year long with students to get them ready for the ISAT exam.

The superintendent of the school said hard work really paid off.

“Last year our sixth graders in particular scored significantly higher than the state on both elements on the I-SAT. The math I-SAT and the English language arts I-SATS,” said Erica Kemery, the superintendent.

Children at the school are taught to use their sense which helps them understand and picture concepts. Instead of just memorizing information.

They work in groups and also work independently.

However, there is some room for improvement.

Last years math results from the girls side showed that girls scored 3/10 lower in math compared to boys.

Boys on the other hand scored a proficient number 3, said Kemery.

She also said its a nation wide issue, but they are working on getting those math scores up.

“Their own weekly work plan and they get lessons from a teacher in small groups they work in small groups or individually. And we use a great deal of hands on material,” said Kermery.

There are currently 220 students attending the school.

They would like to eventually expand, and teach seventh and eighth grade to help get students ready for high school.

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