Shikellamy helping students with standardized testing

SUNBURY– The Shikellamy School District is taking steps to help prepare students for standardized testing in the years ahead. At the board meeting Thursday evening, the board heard a presentation from the Director of Education on the standardized testing results for the district. The results were from the PSSA and Keystone tests. Abbey Walshaw-Wertz said the districts overall strength was in attendance and test participation.

She also spoke about what the district is doing to prepare students. Walshaw-Wertz said, “This year at all of our elementary buildings, we are following an RTII model, which means that each student has a time during the day where we focus on their specific skills that they are either strong in or that they need help in. At the high school, we are doing benchmarking every couple of months. We have student assessments that show how much they grew and are able to target their areas of need through those assessment results.”

Also during the meeting the board voted in favor of waiving a custodial fee for the Sunbury Fire Department to hold a fundraiser at the high school on Saturday. The fundraiser is this Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, where visitors can test drive Ford vehicles. For every person who takes a test drive, the Fire Department will receive $20, up to a maximum of $6,000 from the Ford Motor Company. ( Sarah Lagerman)

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