The Avery Journal reports scores revealed that Avery students, like others statewide, have struggled to varying degrees as a result of the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Director of Academic Services Ellis Ayers went over End of Course test results from the high school’s first semester. The results compare the high school’s academic performance measures with the rest of the region and the state.
In Math III, 56.36 percent of Avery High School students scored as proficient in the subject, compared to 49.5 percent in the northwest region and 45 percent in the state. The previous school year, only 26.53 percent of students scored proficiently, well below the regional and state percentages.
In biology, 29.76 percent of students scored as proficient in biology, compared to 46.6 percent in the region and 45.5 percent in the state. The previous year, 60 percent of students scored as proficient.
In English II, students showed an improvement over last year, scoring 66.13 percent proficient, compared to 59 percent in the region and 58.6 percent in the state.
Overall, there has been a 13-percent increase in students reading on grade level, a four-percent decrease in the number of students who are two years or more below grade level in reading.
Ayers said the school system is looking seriously at its summer programming. Ayers said there will be 404 students in grades K to 8 that will be invited to summer school, while 92 high school students will be invited.