Dahlk provides Sauk Trail AGR update

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Principal Chris Dahlk updated the Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday, June 24 on the school's final STAR testing results and other academic data as part of the regular reports required for Achievement Gap Reduction funds from the state.

She reminded the Board that AGR funds help keep class sizes down at Sauk Trail. This year's funds paid for three additional teachers, keeping class sizes below 18 students in every section of every grade.

Dahlk noted the free and reduced student population at Sauk Trail is currently around 43 percent. If the internal attendance boundary process dropped that percentage below 30 percent, Sauk Trail would lose AGR funding, she said.

The percentage of Sauk Trail students who were at or above benchmarks in reading on the STAR assessment jumped nearly 10 percent and more than 14 percent in math from fall to spring. Students with disabilities, English Language Learners, along with black, Hispanic, white and two more races all saw jumps of 12 to nearly 28 percent in math as well during from fall to spring.

Board member Todd Smith praised Dahlk and her staff for student growth, especially in math, from the fall to spring. Dahlk thought a big reason for the improvement was the work staff did to build relationships with students and emphasize the importance of testing without adding more stress.