CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - New MAP test scores are out Friday and show mixed results.
About 600,000 students in Missouri, K through 12, took the Missouri Assessment Program or MAP test this spring.
Reports show scores increased in science, remained steady in communication arts, and slightly declined in math.
Students at Blanchard Elementary scored higher than just a passing grade.
"I was so proud, we worked so hard," said Amber Walker.
Walker is a 3rd grade teacher at Blanchard Elementary.
She helps prepare the students for the Missouri Assessment Program or MAP test at the end of the school year.
"We talk very positively about it, we convey the message that it is a tough test, but with the practice and preparation that they're going to endure all year long, they're going to be more than ready for it," said Walker.
When you look at new MAP test scores, Blanchard Elementary 3rd graders scored about 20 percent higher than statewide averages in communication arts and math. 4th graders scored about 30 percent higher than statewide averages in the two subjects.
"It just means so much to us," said Blanchard Principal Barbara Kohlfeld.
Kohlfeld said their secret to success is being the school with a heart.
"We do a lot of encouraging and inspiring and lots of compliments and positive feedback," said Kohlfeld.
"I think a big part of getting the kids ready is making them feel confident," said Blanchard teacher Kristi Pennington.
This is the second year in a row the school has gotten high marks. Last year, Blanchard got the ranking of a 5-star school.
"Hearing about it the second time just makes us even more proud," said Pennington.
"They want to rise to that occasion, they want to follow in those footsteps, and be just as proud," said Walker.
"I was really happy for them, and I was really excited for all of them to get good grades," said 3rd grade student Macy Walker.
Macy Walker is one of those students who wants to step up. She will take the MAP test for the first time this Spring.
"I know that it's very exciting all at the same time and nervous," said Macy Walker.
Macy Walker said they're already talking about the standardized test in class.
"You got to study really hard for it," said Macy Walker.
Studying that starts at Blanchard Elementary.
"We have very well behaved children, and when you are not spending your instructional time disciplining children, you just get to teach," said teacher Amber Walker.
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